Come in from the cold

Hannah Warren, shown with just a few of the donated coats and scarves she has received, is on a mission to feed and clothe the needy in Chickasaw County.(Lisa Voyles / Buy at Photos.ChickasawJournal.com)

Hannah Warren, shown with just a few of the donated coats and scarves she has received, is on a mission to feed and clothe the needy in Chickasaw County.(Lisa Voyles / Buy at Photos.ChickasawJournal.com)

CHICKASAW COUNTY – Hannah Warren isn’t cold or hungry, but she is concerned about her neighbors around Chickasaw County who might be.
The 19-year-old mother and college student said just because we don’t see people out begging on our local streets doesn’t mean there aren’t people in need.
“I was in my Philosophy class,” Warren said. “And he played a video about homeless people.”
Warren said the film moved her to tears and to action.
“I literally started crying,” Warren said. “As soon as I got out, I called my mom.”
Warren began to plan a meal for folks around the county who needed something warm to eat. She contacted City Hall in Houlka, reserved the Community Center for Dec. 14 and began recruiting family members and friends to help with the soup, sandwich and dessert plans.
“Then I got to thinking about how the homeless people in the video said they have to wear the same clothes for days at a time,” Warren said.
And that inspired a coat drive for the less fortunate.
“I don’t have to wake up and worry about what I’m going to wear,” Warren said. “I have coats. I don’t have to wonder if I’m going to have a hot meal at night. But a lot of other people do.”
Warren broadened her horizons and contacted the city governments in Houston and Okolona, as well as her hometown of Houlka, all of whom agreed to be drop-off points for a coat drive. She plans to collect coats for men, women and children, as well as scarves and gloves, through Dec. 13 and have them ready to distribute at the Community Center during the meal the next day.
“I’ll have them cleaned and hanging up, available for anybody to come get them if they need them,” Warren said.
The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and anyone from anywhere in the county is welcome to come, sit down and enjoy hot soup, sandwiches and dessert. Warren is tentatively planning to prepare to serve 100 people.
She is lining up transportation for those who want to attend but have no way to get to the Community Center.
To help with the dinner, donate coats or for more information, call Warren at 542-4891.
Any coats left over will be donated to local schools and the Salvation Army.
“I just knew I had to do something,” Warren said.

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