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GibsonSingleton receives more than 702 coats from generous community in annual Coat Drive

By Beth Gibson on January 11, 2018

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys’ Fall Coat Drive collected 702 coats plus cash donations from generous donors in the community.

The firm primarily gave the coats to the Salvation Army, which distributes them to local children and many others in need, and the Hampton Veterans Administration Center, which serves many homeless veterans.

“All recipients were appreciative,” said partner Ken Gibson. Hampton VA volunteer and U.S. Army infantry veteran Jeff Jacobs said the entire staff was grateful to receive such a large donation of winter clothing for veterans.

Every person who donated a coat was offered an emergency phone charger or Christmas ornament from GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Shelly Haywood and Lynn Parlett won Ballast Band CDs in drawings, while Linda Johnson won the grand prize of a roadside safety kit.

Johnson said, “Styles change, and I still had some good coats I wanted someone else to use. I was just happy to donate.”

Another generous donor gave a check for $500 to buy coats.

The youngest donor this year was Brandt Buchler, age 2, who came in with his mom, Shannon Pratt, to donate a coat he had outgrown.

“It was heartwarming to see how our community cares for our neighbors, especially children and veterans in need,” said partner John Singleton.

A few organizations that gave generously include Gloucester Court Services, the Garden Club of Gloucester, and Sensei of Seikukan Martial Arts.

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys had again set a goal of collecting at least 500 coats in 2017, and the attorneys said they were so pleased to receive more than 700 instead. Singleton said, “Once again, the generous people in this area came through and gave more than we could ask for.”

Gibson concluded, “As we celebrate 2018, 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 number is (804) 642-3960.

Partner Ken Gibson delivers 182 coats to Hampton Veterans Administration volunteer and U.S. Army infantry veteran Jeff Jacobs. Jacobs said the staff was very grateful to receive such a large donation of winter clothing for veterans.

The coats were donated by members of this community during the firm’s Fall Coat Drive. Partner John Singleton had already dropped off a truck full of coats at the VA before Christmas, demonstrating how great the need is among area veterans.

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Community service

Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • 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.