Coat and blanket drive to benefit Haven House of Henry

Special to The Times

Resurgens Orthopaedics foot and ankle specialist Dr. Gary W. Stewart’s coat and blanket drive, that benefits the battered women’s shelter The Haven House of Henry County, has proven such a success in the past that Resurgens has expanded collection points to all 21 of its locations.

For those who don’t have the basic necessities, such as coats and blankets, it can be a difficult few months, and potentially life-threatening. Recognizing this need, Dr. Stewart started a coat and blanket drive, now in its eighth year, to benefit those in need.

The coat and blanket drive runs through Dec. 15 and will benefit abused women and neglected children in need this holiday season. The overflow of extra items will be donated to nearby homeless shelters that partner with The Haven House.

To participate in the coat drive, simply drop off new or gently used coats or blankets (also accepted are hats, gloves and other cold weather gear) at any one of the 21 offices Resurgens Orthopaedics has throughout metro Atlanta.

In the winter of 2009, Dr. Stewart and Resurgens Orthopaedics partnered with Orthopaedic South Surgical Center to start the program, with donations going to homeless men, women, and children at Calvary Refuge Center, a faith-based family shelter in Forest Park. The 2010-2015 drives benefited The Haven House. More than 1,000 coats and blankets have been collected and distributed in the first seven years.