We're approaching the final days of fall, and while we're still experiencing days where the temperature reaches the high 60's and lower 70's, there are increasingly more days where lows linger around the point where water freezes. So coats, hats, and gloves are becoming hot commodities.

Unfortunately, not all families can afford such items. So, the Bridge Builder Foundation and the United Parcel Service's Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteer system are working together to provide warmth to students in the Tuscaloosa City Schools system. They are collecting new or gently used coats and other winter apparel to benefit students at Central Elementary School.

Items are being collected at the UPS facility at 3514 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa until Friday, December 18.  If more items are collected than needed at by Central Elementary students, the surplus will be offered to other students in the school system.

The beautiful thing about this drive is that the items will be given away, not sold. So, those who truly need them won't have to pay a fee to be on the receiving end. Granted, mother organizations which receive charitable donations do sell some of the items and use the money generated to assist families in other ways which is equally as remarkable, but sometimes even thrift shopping is too much for those who are truly in need.

Current donations have primarily come from UPS employees and Bridge Builder members, but those who would like to contribute to the cause may take their items to UPS or may place them in the hands of their area UPS drivers.

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