Unclaimed Baggage Donates Essential Items to Tennessee Heat Shelter

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A Tennessee organization working for the homeless community in Chattanooga has partnered with Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro to collect much-needed items to donate.

“Over the past four or five years, we’ve been able to reallocate some of our items to mobile warming,” said Sonnie Hood, Public Relations Coordinator for Unclaimed Baggage and Community Involvement.

When Mobile Warming co-founder Rick Rivera and his partners started the charity, they collected coats for Vietnam veterans.

“Now I can’t give to just a few people, I can give to many groups from the Salvation Army to People Helping People,” Rivera said.

Unclaimed Baggage’s partnership with Mobile Warming has led to an expansion of its mission. Now the organization collects a wide variety of items for many causes.

“It just exploded,” Rivera said. “Without unclaimed baggage, none of this would be possible.”

Tuesday’s donations included children’s clothing, coats, feminine hygiene products and walkers.

“That’s the core of what we do at Unclaimed Baggage,” Hood said. “We see our goal as really to redeem those lost items to use them for a greater good, so if there’s a way to give back to know that those items aren’t wasted.”

Rivera said socks and toiletries were always in high demand.

If you’re hoping to donate items after spring cleaning, remember that many charities can make better use of seasonal items. If the temperatures have warmed up, they might not be distributing jackets. If you’re curious about what type of donations are most needed at your local charity, check with them before making a donation.


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