Community Coat and Supply Distribution

By: Kenyan Carter | News Editor

The South Alabama College Democrats and Fed Up Mobile hosted a community cookout and donation event at the Public Safety Memorial Park on Feb 6. The event helped feed and clothed needy families in the Mobile community. 

Fed Up Mobile is a group of volunteers that help donate food from the Central Presbyterian Church food bank.

Many locals donated dozens of items, including coats, socks, lunchboxes, menstrual products, and hand sanitizers. The volunteers grilled burgers, hot dogs, and sausages at the park and handed out free drinks and snacks.

Mary Hickman, a volunteer at the coat drive and member of Fed Up, explained that the group is open to hosting more mutual aid in the community and helping the church.

“We have expanded our efforts to do things like we’re doing today with this coat and supply distribution,” Hickman said. “Just to help the community and the people that are in need that don’t have any resources and the money to get these things for themselves.”     

Darius McKinney, member of the College Democrats and political science major at South, said the event was important to help people going through tough times.

“With Covid and the economic meltdown that followed, it’s important for us to engage in community activity to help those less fortunate,” McKinney said. “If we’re able to benefit someone and help someone, that’s a great thing.”