Members of the Coppell High School Football Team hosted a blanket drive benefitting Austin Street Center on October 27, 2015. The team invited the community to donate new and gently used twin and extra-long twin blankets for the homeless population at the Center. The community responded very generously, donating almost 200 blankets in just a few hours at the Chipotle Coppell drop off location. A group of players and coaches delivered the blankets to the Center last week and were given a tour of the impressive facility and an overview of the Center’s operations.
For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has provided a transitional living facility for those with employment, substance abuse and psychological needs in downtown Dallas. Supported by volunteers from 120 Dallas-area churches and civic organizations, and funded entirely by individuals and foundations, Austin Street Center accepts no government funding from any level, and no United Way funding. Since its inception, Austin Street Center has provided shelter for an average of 300 men and women – at no cost to the individual. The center hands out blankets 365 days a year.
The team is extremely grateful to all who donated to the blanket drive and helped them lend a hand to those in need.
“Life is more than football, and we know that many people face hard struggles every day. This is just one way we can help as a team,” said varsity team captain Josh Fink.