Corinth businessmen Stuart Green and Trey Albright are trying to keep their community warm this winter season.
No, they aren’t in the coal, firewood, propane or natural gas business. Nor do they sell electric heaters.
The Property Solutions owners who have developed the SoCo District, renovated 29 local properties and rejuvenated properties such as Open Market are giving away the coats off their backs.
Albright and Green recently had a business acquisition and part of the deal was the inventory of new coats of all sizes and colors for children of all ages and adult men and women.
Rather then sell the coats, the two decided to provide the coats to local non-profit organizations, groups and churches for charitable distribution to anyone needing some warmth.
“We thought this was a good way to give back to the community,” noted Albright. “Rather than put them up for sale.”
Local networking has been working well. The Lighthouse Foundation, Living Free Ministries and Salvation Army are already three non-profits who have either obtained coats or have plans to pick some up.
One of the missions of the Junior Auxiliary of Corinth is to provide clothes to local children in need in their case work project.
“This is so huge for us,” said Junior Auxiliary President Ellen Wesson. “This is really going to help us out a lot.”
J.A. will receive 1,000 new youth coats from Albright and Green to supply the civic group’s needs for years to come. This number adds to the 80 coats gathered in the recent Coats for Kids program, noted Wesson. The community coat drive included 50 donated by a ladies Sunday School class from First Baptist Church.
J.A.’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Charity Ball – has not been held since 2018 due to the ongoing pandemic, she noted, so a big boost was welcomed.
The non-profit partners with the Corinth and Alcorn school districts to determine youth who are in need of clothes. There are 170 current youth who are getting pants, shirts, underwear, socks, toiletries and – coats.
“This project isn’t going away,” noted Wesson.
Albright is taking a step further to be sure the coats get to people who need them. The coats not available directly to the general public, but any non-profit group in the Crossroads area who verifies their 501(c)(3) status can apply.
Simply e-mail Albright at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form. He requests no phone calls or visits due to the demand expected.
But he did say the coats are going fast, “so groups need to act quickly.”
“We will continue to give away the coats while supplies last,” noted Albright.