Giving Tuesday: AO Jacket Drive 2020
Alabama Outdoors – Inverness Team
Thank you for helping us this #GivingTuesday by giving the gift of warmth!
To kick off the ‘Season of Giving’ and recognize Giving Tuesday on December 1st, we launched our Annual Alabama Outdoors Jacket Drive. When you donated your gently used jacket during our Jacket Drive, you not only received 15% off of a new jacket or pullover as a thank you and to get yourself a new jacket, but you provided someone in need with a free jacket- and that’s wonderful.
Thanks to your generous donations, this season you helped us give the gift of warmth to several men, women, and children in our communities. In total, you donated over 70 jackets in just 6 days! From our loyal customers to our very own team members, you went above and beyond and donated more than just one jacket. You donated multiple jackets out of kindness as well as multiple bags of clothes to give to others. THANK YOU!
Even though some donation centers are not taking donations at this time due to the pandemic, we know that this season, it is more important than ever to donate to those in need as Covid-19 has caused additional hardships for our families, businesses, and communities. That said, our team members have worked closely with donation centers to ensure every jacket donated is cleaned and steamed/sanitized so we can get these jackets to those who need them this winter.
Once we receive the donations, we pass the torch to some outstanding organizations in each of our communities who then deliver the jackets to those who need them most, all for free.
This year we were delighted to partner with the following organizations and non-profits in our communities:
- Homewood – First Light
First Light’s mission is to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to maintain dignity, to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential.
- Florence, Alabama – Salvation Army of Florence
The Salvation Army assists approximately 25 million Americans annually. They have over 1.5 million members
consisting of officers, soldiers, and adherents. The Salvation Army helps with Anti-Human Trafficking, Combatting Addiction, Disaster Relief, Holiday Assistance, Music & Arts, Serving Veterans, Social Services & Youth Programs.
- Trussville, Alabama – T.E.A.M. (Trussville Ecumenical Assistive Ministry)
TEAM is a non-profit ministry providing food and clothing to those in need. They are located on Chalkville Road in Trussville, Alabama.
- Inverness, Alabama – YWCA Central Alabama
YWCA Central Alabama is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Central Alabama’s vision is to create a more caring community. We work every day to make a positive change in the lives of individuals and in the community. They provide shelter, dignity, hope, and a strong foundation as they help those they serve find the strength to rebuild their lives.
- Mobile, Alabama – Dwell Mobile
Dwell Mobile exists to provide opportunities for refugees to thrive by raising awareness, removing obstacles, and restoring relationships. We envision our city as a place where refugees find their home.
Did you miss the jacket drive this year? That is okay! Contact any of the locations above to schedule a drop off of your own and continue to give to others all year long. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be informed next year about our Annual Jacket Drive! Interested in getting involved this #GivingTuesday? GivingTuesday.org has multiple ideas for you on how to get involved and give back!
‘Tis The Season Of Giving! Check out our holiday gift guides to help you find the perfect gifts for the ones on your list. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors