Organizer starts coat drive to help area homeless - - Jackson, MS

Organizer starts coat drive to help area homeless

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A grad student from the metro area is helping the homeless stay warm this holiday season through the generosity of others.

Organizer Allison Nooe started the project, called Operation Warm-Up, after seeing large numbers of homeless people in Atlanta, Ga., during a New Year's Eve trip last year.

"This year, I was just trying to kind of figure out what I wanted to do for New Year's and that thought wouldn't get out of my mind," Nooe said. "I thought, it's been really cold the past couple of years, so why not organize something? Get the community involved. A lot of people really want to help and do something. They just don't know what."

Nooe said anybody can drop off clothing like coats, gloves or scarves at various locations around the metro.

She said they're also gearing up for a benefit Tuesday at One Block East in Jackson.

"We're calling it the Operation Warm-Up Christmas Bash, which goes from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $20 at the door, or if you bring a clothing item to donate, it's $15," Nooe said.

She said the money raised from the event will go to the We Will Go Ministry in Jackson and Wellspring Living in Atlanta.

The coat and clothing drive ends on Dec. 29.

Nooe said volunteers will give out those jackets and coats to those less fortunate in Jackson and Atlanta.

For more information on the project and drop-off locations, check out the group's Facebook fan page here.

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