BY JAMES HARPER
SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Twenty boxes of clothes and toiletries were presented this month to the Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) from a South Daytona company.
Ginny Kent, HUM director of development and community relations, was contacted by CallCore Media last month and told that the company’s more than 100 employees had held a clothes and toiletries drive in March and wanted to donate their collections to the Daytona Beach-based nonprofit.
Kent said HUM was expecting a few bags of clothing, which has been the norm when other companies have contacted them.
CallCore Media “went over the top compared to some companies. Clothes were organized by children, male and female. We’re not used to getting such an abundance,” Kent said.
An Easter blessing
Natalia Fenwick, vice president of operations for CallCore Media, a call center company, along with a number of employees delivered the boxes on April 6 to the HUM center on North Street in Daytona Beach.
Fenwick said it was the company’s goal to make a difference in the lives of individuals living in the Greater Daytona Beach area.
“We want to give back to the community,” Fenwick stated.
Kent noted that the donations were just in time for the Easter holiday.
“They (clients) will be able to wear something nice and go to church,” she said.
Kent said HUM is always in need of clothing donations, especially socks and shoes because clients do a lot of walking during the day.
HUM’s mission is to prevent homelessness among low-income families by providing emergency assistance and to intervene on behalf of homeless people.
It is a faith-based nonprofit that has served community since 1981. Nearly all of HUM’s funding is through financial donations by the local community.
May 6 gala
Kent said the CallCore Media donation always was a nice surprise because this time of year is slowest for donations.
“We would like to see more companies involved,” said Kent, adding that monetary donations are needed, which helps with the food program.
‘We feed people every day,” she continued.
HUM is preparing for its annual fundraiser – the Blue Diamond Gala – to be held May 6 at the Oceanside Country Club.
Funds will help open Hope Place, a new emergency shelter which will be housed at the former Hurst Elementary. Plans are for the shelter to open this fall.
For more information, contact Ginny Kent at 386-252-0156.