December 20, 2013
Peach State Freightliner has completed its second winter clothing drive, donating more than 200 articles of clothing to homeless people in need in urban Atlanta.
The clothing drive was the idea of Adarryl Matthews, express assessment coordinator at Peach State’s Forest Park, Ga. location. Matthews says he and his wife personally started the drive seven years ago as a way to help those in need during the holiday season.
“When we started we just wanted to do something during the holiday season in terms of giving,” he says. “We donated and bought as many blankets as we could.”
Over time, the clothing drive expanded to members of Matthew’s family and last year, to Peach State.
Steve Plant, service manager at Peach State’s Forest Park location, says the dealership’s management and ownership were immediately receptive to the idea, expanding the donation base to all of Peach State’s locations.
Matthews says the haul for this year’s drive included 127 blankets, 61 gloves, 30 hygiene and school bags, 12 hats and 15 coats. Matthews personally delivered the gifts to the homeless community in downtown Atlanta.
“It was a humbling experience” says Matthews. “You think you’re going out there to someone who is down on their luck, but most of them are upbeat and trying to make the best of their situation.”