Folks up north may laugh at us Central Floridians as we complain about temperatures in the 20s and 30s. But in general we lack the cold weather clothing needed to keep warm in those temperatures, which given time and exposure are dangerous to stay out in. Now as Central Florida prepares to weather another night of freezing temperatures, some of the area’s most vulnerable will keep warm at Coalition for the Homeless with clothing and blankets donated by Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney Cast Members arrived at the Coalition this morning with a truckload of boxes containing approximately 416 new fleece coats, 1,700 sweatshirts and long sleeve t-shirts, 500 turtlenecks and 25 blankets. Walt Disney World Ambassador Clay Shoemaker joined Trevor Larsen, vice president of Engineering Services & Manufacturing for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Coalition board member, in presenting the items to Coalition representatives.
“Disney’s quick response to our needs in these unprecedented cold days has been remarkable,” said Coalition for the Homeless President/CEO Brent Trotter. “Donations like this are the lifeblood of who we are and what we do. We appreciate Disney’s generous gift of coats, blankets and long sleeve t-shirts; they will help hundreds stay warm in Central Florida.”
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provides food and shelter to approximately 600 people each night, including many families with children. Even more people seek shelter there when the weather dips below 40 degrees.
To learn more about the Coalition and how you can help, visit http://www.centralfloridahomeless.org/.