Dothan Tuesday Rotary Club collects coats for those in need

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- It may be hard to imagine with temperatures in the triple-digits, but winter is coming.

That's why the Dothan Tuesday Rotary Club started helping Tuesday morning.

They put on a humanitarian effort for when the mercury dips.

New, old or gently used, the coats came in droves as Rotarians arrived at their meeting armed with bags of donations.

"It's a privilege for us to be able to give back to our local community and help make it a better place, and these coats will help do that, “ said Dothan Tuesday Rotary Club President, Brad Kimbro.

The coat drive is one of many service projects planned this year all designed with their mission of "Service Above Self" in mind.

"I feel like it's part of who we are as a community to be able to give back,” said Service Project Committee Chair, Vanita McLain.

“Of course, it makes us feel good. You know, we want to do for our community. We want to provide in our community. This is just one part that we can play," McLain said.

Executive director of The Ark, Jeff Peacock, accepted the donations on behalf The Ark, Love in Action, The Harbor and the Southeast Alabama Homeless Coalition.

With nearly 400 coats donated for men, women and children, Peacock said it's one of the most generous contributions he has seen in one place.

"Tuesday Rotary has always been a great supporter of The Ark, but not just The Ark, a lot of local non-profit organizations,” said Peacock.

“They are so generous and they've always been so good at giving," Peacock said.

The Dothan Tuesday Rotary Club partnered with the Dothan JCPenney.

The store's General Manager, Tony Palmer, offered coats for sale at a deep discount, so every club member had a chance to contribute.

Palmer said it's a gesture Mr. Penney himself would be proud of.

"That's the way he lived his life,” said Palmer.

“So, it's encouraged to all of the stores and store managers across the country and Puerto Rico, that we give back to the community and find ways to do that. This was just one of the other ways that we at our store were able to give back and help support this cause," Palmer said.

"We're doing some really neat things here. Really good things, and I'm proud of our club," Kimbro said.

Staying true to their commitment of treating others as they would themselves.

The coats that were donated Tuesday will be distributed during a homeless stand down on November 2nd.

The event will take place behind The Ark and 2-1-1, and volunteers are needed.

If you would like to help, contact 2-1-1.