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"Heart For The Homeless" drive in Valdosta this weekend

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Dr. Ronnie Mathis, Executive Director, South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness Dr. Ronnie Mathis, Executive Director, South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness
Jerry Hubbard, no longer homeless thanks to the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" charity Jerry Hubbard, no longer homeless thanks to the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" charity
A sign advertising the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" drive A sign advertising the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" drive
Coats donated to the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" drive. They will be distributed to homeless members in Valdosta on Saturday Coats donated to the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" drive. They will be distributed to homeless members in Valdosta on Saturday
Shoes donated to the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" drive. They will be distributed to homeless members in Valdosta on Saturday Shoes donated to the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" drive. They will be distributed to homeless members in Valdosta on Saturday
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As the weather begins to get colder, most of us will pull out our sweaters and coats to stay warm. But for some south west Georgians, that's not an option.

That's why the South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness is once again holding its "Have A Heart For The Homeless" coat drive this weekend.

The director of the South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness, Dr. Ronnie Mathis, said the goal is to make sure those who are homeless stay safe and warm.

"What our objective is," said Mathis, "being that we don't have homes and houses to put them in, we try and make sure they stay safe and warm for the winter."

The drive will take place on Saturday at Olympic Park in Valdosta from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Mathis said volunteers will begin handing out the blankets, scarves and other warm weather necessities that they already have to the homeless beginning at 10 o' clock, but it's on a first come-first serve basis.

"What I would encourage everybody to do is take a look in your closet tonight. Everybody has at least one coat, one scarf, one pair of gloves," Mathis said.

Jerry Hubbard was homeless last year and said without the "Have A Heart For The Homeless" drive, he'd likely still be homeless today.

"You may look on the news some day and you see somebody in an abandoned house," Hubbard said. "They gon' die. How did they die? They had no heat, they had no nothin', you know."

Hubbard said now that he has coats, on Saturday he plans to give back to the charity that gave so much to him.

"Like I said, they come and helped me, so I'm here to help them," said Hubbard.

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