Warm coats, big thanks
As East Tennessee faces the coldest temperatures seen in a long while, Y-12ers have shown their volunteer spirit for the twelfth straight year by helping countless people stay warm thanks to another successful United Way Coat Drive to benefit the Volunteer Ministry Center. In total, the site donated 589 coats and winter wear items, 64 pairs of gloves, 47 scarves, and 66 hats and toboggans, which VMC makes available to the public through its Knoxville office.
In addition, this year’s efforts were expanded to include collection of toiletries for VMC. Y-12 collected more than 20 copy paper boxes full of soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions and many other necessities. With these hundreds of items, VMC was able to restock their supply closet for the winter.
The Volunteer Ministry Center was established in 1987 and offers specialized services to the homeless and those within our community who are in crisis. VMC’s programs support its two-fold mission of facilitating permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and providing services to prevent homelessness.
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Y-12 employees load some of the 589 coats from United Way drive that benefits Volunteer Ministry Center.