Friday, December 21, 2012

Last-Minute Gift-Giving Back at Room In The Inn

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Before you completely check out into holiday brain, why don't you take the opportunity to do something nice for those in need in our community? Fortunately, Room In The Inn, Nashville's complex of services for homeless people and those in transition, is making it easy for you.

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Tomorrow, they're inviting you to come to the Room In The Inn campus, where former New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn will donate more than 60 pairs of shoes to the nonprofit. Shinn, a new Nashville resident, extols the holiday spirit of giving back, and has been dedicated to helping the less fortunate for years.

“For the past 22 years, my family has provided a hot lunch to thousands of New Orleans senior citizens, collected and distributed shoes and socks to hundreds of New Orleans residents at substance abuse facilities and brightened the holidays for hundreds of underprivileged children with shopping sprees or new bikes,” explains Shinn. “Our hearts go out to those who struggle and have significant need this time of the year. My wife Denise and I wanted to continue that same tradition here in our Nashville community and are so delighted to have discovered the tremendous ministry The Room In The Inn provides Nashville’s homeless. We are honored to help provide these shoes this upcoming Saturday in hopes it will help these resilient individuals to get back on their feet again.”

George and his wife Denise will make their special donation at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, and they invite you to share in the spirit of giving.

Not sure what to donate? Here's a list of most needed items:

All-day bus passes
Large bags of cough drops
Sweatshirts/hoodies in XL, XXL, XXXL
Men’s white tube socks
Non-drowsy sinus medication
Aspirin and ibuprofen
Inexpensive wallets
Hand and foot warmers.

So, before you squeeze all of your last minute shopping in tomorrow, make an early stop to the Room In The Inn.

Room In The Inn is located at 705 Drexel St., and you can reach them at (615) 251-7019.

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