Haley McGinnis is celebrating 20 years of warming Owensboro with their annual coat drive. With over 26,000 coats collected over the last two decades, Nathan Morris, Haley McGinnis Funeral Home Managing Funeral Director wanted to continue the project that his father-in-law Mike Everly started.
“In 2012, a lady called the funeral home and I answered the phone. The first thing she said to me was ‘I’m cold,'” Morris said. “That really touched me because I knew she was inquiring about the coat drive. She brought her husband to the funeral home and they were able to pick out a coat in their size and leave with smiles on their faces. That moment, to me, made it more than another fundraiser or event. There’s a lot more heart to this.”
Kyle Aud, Independence Bank Senior Vice President said the bank was so impressed with the coat drive’s success in the community, that they volunteered with them on the project four years ago.
“We very much appreciated Haley McGinnis giving us that opportunity and look forward to many more years to come,” Aud said. “We are fortunate to live in such a giving community. Staying warm is such a basic need and it’s easily taken for granted. Haley McGinnis actively sought out this need and worked to find a way to meet it.”
The two businesses have a goal of collecting 7,500 coats this year. Sizes from baby to adult are being accepted. Once collected, coats are donated to Owensboro shelters, schools and anyone that stops by and is in need.
Morris said information on the coat drive can be found on the Haley McGinnis Facebook page and hinted at a ‘door-knocking campaign’ that will hit several Owensboro neighborhoods in the coming weeks.
“We’re making it easier than ever to give this year with donation boxes at several locations and we’ll be doing special drop off days that we’ll announce on social media. You can pull into an Independence Bank parking lot and donate your coats right there,” Morris said.
Why should you donate? Morris says it’s simple.
“We’re in the season of giving. Everyone is deserving of love and care,” Morris said. “Donating to help someone in your community is a way to show love.”
Coat donations can be dropped off from now through Jan. 5 at Haley McGinnis, located at 519 Locust Street, Owensboro Catholic Schools, or at one of the three Independence Bank locations in Owensboro: 2465 West Parrish Avenue, 3228 Highway 54, and 2425 Frederica Street. Drop off boxes are in the lobbies at each of the locations.
Writer: Leslie Neeley