City Donates $1.1 million Worth of Bedding, Clothing


Salvation Army Capt. Marion Platt; City of Savannah Management Services Bureau Chief Marty Johnston; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Lisa Beth Brown; Mayor Edna B. Jackson; City Alderman Dr. Estella Shabazz; and Savannah Warehouse Services CEO Will Coley.
Salvation Army Capt. Marion Platt; City of Savannah Management Services Bureau Chief Marty Johnston; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Lisa Beth Brown; Mayor Edna B. Jackson; City Alderman Dr. Estella Shabazz; and Savannah Warehouse Services CEO Will Coley.

The City of Savannah agencies collaborate and The City of Savannah joined forces on Monday work for the betterment of agreed, and reached out to with the Salvation Army and the community,” Mayor the local Salvation Army to the U.S. Customs and Border Jackson said. “ Out of something assist us in distributing the Protection to distribute bad comes something goods to local nonprofits that $1.114 million worth of bedding, good.” serve those in need. The shirts and robes to Late last year Customs goods include 210 new bath those in need in Savannah.

Surrounded by hundreds five containers worth of 210,000 pieces of bedding. of boxes stacked to stacked to the ceiling of a Dean Forest Road warehouse, Mayor Edna B. Jackson said the donation was made possible due to cooperation among government officials at the local and national level, and private non-profit and for profit sectors.

“This is a great example of what happens when agencies collaborate and work for the betterment of the community,” Mayor Jackson said. “ Out of something bad comes something good.”

Late last year Customs officials took possession of five containers worth of goods that were abandoned after entering the United States through the Port of Savannah when the importing company went into bankruptcy. The Federal agency was prohibited by law from donating the goods directly to charity, so officials contacted the City of Savannah asking if we would take possession

The City of Savannah agreed, and reached out to the local Salvation Army to assist us in distributing the goods to local nonprofits that serve those in need. The goods include 210 new bath robes, 10,648 new shirts, and 210,000 pieces of bedding. “These are items that people need – they’re not knickknacks,” said Salvation Army Captain Marion Platt. “I can’t tell you how honored we are that you have entrusted us to ensure these get into the right hands. It will mean everything to those who need them.”


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