It's cold outside.
Really, it is cold outside. While winters in the Southeast in general are much more moderate than its counterparts in the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwestern United States, every once in a while, the "hawk", or those cold, gusty winds, make their rounds. Last night's weather in metro-Atlanta dropped to around the 20's (or lower), and combined with 35 MPH winds, one could hear the howl of the wind, let alone the trees and other structures swaying.
And then there are those who did not have the luxury of hearing such a sound or experience from the comfort of their own homes; they may have experienced it first-hand, be it our homeless population or those who are in facilities without the comfort and convenience of heat. What of these people?
On Saturday, January 11th (from 10am to 2pm), the community has an opportunity to do its part to help those in need of items to help maintain a sense of warmth and even hope. Taking place at the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge (330 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta), the Atlanta Masonic District #3W is hosting its Coat and Blanket Drive.
All are invited to come out and drop off items to help those in need, especially during the coldest time of the year. Patrons are encouraged to clean out their closets and storage areas for coats and blankets to donate. The organization is partnering with Hosea (Williams) Feed The Hungry to ensure distribution of the aforementioned items to those in need.
While the holidays are concluding, it does not mean the call to serve concludes with them. Given the winter months and the ensuring weather, January 11th provides an opportunity for the community to come together to provide a "cure" for the common cold, commonly known as the colder winds of the winter months, in order to better serve those in need.