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180 coats down; 320 to go!

By Beth Gibson on November 9, 2017

Children’s coats are needed most of all!

Since the beginning of October, we’ve been collecting donations for our annual Fall Coat Drive. The Eastern Virginia community has answered our call, generously donating 180 coats to date! We want to THANK YOU all so much, and at the same time let you know that the Salvation Army REALLY needs more children’s coats. If you’re planning to donate, you can’t go wrong with a child’s coat! Please, bring your new and used coats to our office in Hayes. We’re open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Posted in: Community Outreach

One veteran’s story: A heroic recovery from traumatic brain injury

By John Singleton on November 8, 2017

An inspiring story from WUSA 9 News shows the real spirit of America’s veterans. I’d like to share it with you.

Army Captain Pat Horan was serving in Iraq in 2007 when he was shot in the left temple. The bullet destroyed the communication center of his brain. Doctors doubted he would ever communicate with the outside world again. The wound also caused Captain Horan to lose a great deal of motor function, practically paralyzing him.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Youngest donor gives a coat to help those in need

By Beth Gibson on October 18, 2017

Brandt Buchler, 2, came in this week with his mom, Shannon Pratt, to donate a coat he had outgrown. His gift was the 71st coat in our 2017 Fall Coat Drive! We always need children’s coats because kids grow so quickly that it’s hard for many parents to keep up. Thank you, Brandt and Shannon, for being so generous.

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Posted in: Community Outreach

One mother’s story: Take the time to save a child’s life

By Ken Gibson on October 17, 2017

“We’re just going around the corner.” “We’ll be right back.” “We’re almost home.” These are just a few of the reasons people use for not buckling children into car seats—or buckling their own seat belts.

A Pennsylvania mother is thankful she didn’t make any of those excuses when she picked up her children—a 6-week-old and a 3-year-old—from preschool.

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Posted in: Child Safety

Give to our annual Fall Coat Drive

By Ken Gibson on October 3, 2017

Our annual Fall Coat Drive starts now and goes through Dec. 22. We invite you to drop off new or used coats from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at our office in Hayes, Virginia.

We are once again working with the Salvation Army, the Gloucester United for Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST), and the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center to distribute every single coat donated to people in need in our community.

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Posted in: Community Outreach

After a wreck, don’t delay – seek medical attention immediately

By Ken Gibson on September 29, 2017

With our busy schedules and hectic lives, we may have a tendency to want to push things aside and move on. Particularly after a minor car accident or fender-bender, we may think, “That was just a little jolt. I’ll be fine.”

But what we’re really thinking is, “I’ve already wasted 30 minutes assessing the damage and exchanging insurance information. I need to get to work, get to the gym, and get home…” And so on.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

The “not-as-friendly” face of insurance companies

By John Singleton on September 27, 2017

♪ Like a good neighbor, State Farm is out to make a lot of money! ♪

Doesn’t have much of a ring to it, does it? But unfortunately, it’s true about State Farm and many other insurance companies. While they may have benevolent slogans such as, “You’re in good hands with Allstate,” the reality is that these huge corporations are about maximizing their profits.

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Posted in: Insurance

“He came out of nowhere!” What causes wrong-way accidents, and how can I avoid them?

By Ken Gibson on September 22, 2017

Wrong-way accidents are the most potentially deadly collisions that someone can be involved in. That’s because the force of impact created by two vehicles traveling in opposite directions is much greater than the impact created by a vehicle hitting a stationary object, or hitting another vehicle traveling in the same direction.

The lethal nature of wrong-way accidents was demonstrated in Mathews last year when a 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision when he crossed the center line going around a curve, and collided with a Toyota Rav.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

How to prepare for a hurricane in Virginia

By John Singleton on September 17, 2017

2017 has turned out to be one of the more active hurricane seasons on record. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused considerable damage and loss of life, and Hurricane Maria is intensifying as she heads north.

To survive a hurricane and minimize damage to your property, prepare before a storm makes landfall. Here are thirteen steps to take if you find out a hurricane is approaching:

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Posted in: Personal Safety

Proposed drunken Segway driver law falls short

By John Singleton on September 14, 2017

As one of the original 13 colonies, Virginia has no shortage of historical sites and landmarks. And thanks to the invention of the Segway, visitors to our Commonwealth can tour places like Richmond and Yorktown more efficiently.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

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  • Safety Education
    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.