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Generous community donates more than 500 coats to GibsonSingleton Fall Coat Drive

By Beth Gibson on January 12, 2017

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys’ Coat Drive collected 504 coats from generous donors in the community.

GibsonSingleton gave the coats to women through the Laurel Shelter, to homeless individuals through the Gloucester United for Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST), and to veterans through the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center. The Salvation Army also distributed several hundred to people in need, including local school children.

“All recipients were appreciative, notably those at the Hampton VA,” said partner John Singleton. “You would have thought we gave them gold.”

Jessica Walker, domestic violence program coordinator for the Laurel Shelter, said: “We are thankful for these coats from GibsonSingleton donors. These coats will help women in our “Dress for Success” program have something warm and nice to wear for job interviews and jobs. Your donors will never know what a difference they have made in others’ lives by giving them a coat.”

Everyone who donated a coat received an emergency phone charger from GibsonSingleton, and Kim Colarik, Suellen Hooper, and David Spangler won Ballast Band CDs in law firm prize drawings. The firm’s grand prize winner was Barbara Stevens, who won a GibsonSingleton roadside safety kit.

“It’s heartwarming to see how our community cares for our neighbors, especially children, homeless, and veterans in need,” said partner Ken Gibson.

Examples of the many acts of generosity included a Riverside Medical business office in Grafton collected more than 75 coats, which Robin Peterson delivered; The Silver Box store on Gloucester’s Main Street collected a large bag of coats; and Brian Kirschbaum of The Village Cleaners, cleaned used coats for free.

GibsonSingleton set a goal of collecting at least 500 coats this year after collecting 450 last year. Singleton said, “Once again, the generous people in this area came through and gave more.”

Gibson concluded, “As we celebrate 2017, we are so grateful to have neighbors who give when there’s a need. Our firm believes in giving back, and this coat drive is one way we try to do that.”

More info: Anyone still wanting to donate a coat may give directly to the Salvation Army, Gloucester Center, 7057 Linda Circle in Hayes, across from Franktronics. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the phone is (804) 642-3960.

PHOTO 1:John Singleton and Ken Gibson donate coats to Jessica Walker for women at the Laurel Shelter from GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys’ Coat Drive. The Laurel Shelter’s “Dress for Success” program helps women prepare for job interviews and jobs. >GibsonSingleton collected more than 500 coats from generous donors throughout our community.

PHOTO 2: GibsonSingleton law firm partner Ken Gibson gives five bags of coats to Hampton Veterans Administration volunteer coordinator Peggy Magahey from the firm’s Fall Coat Drive. Magahey said that the VA was down to two coats and was in dire need of cold weather clothes to give to homeless veterans. Partner John Singleton had dropped off a truck full of coats at the Hampton VA before Christmas, demonstrating how great the need is among this area’s many veterans.

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    John speaks at Gloucester’s Senior Safety Fair, reviewing key legal documents.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.