Share the warmth with others in January by giving a coat

Published 6:51 pm Friday, December 27, 2019

A Brookhaven musician’s got a cool idea to keep others warm.

As organizer of the annual Overbrook Songwriters Festival, Shaw Furlow is bringing some of his friends together for a post-holiday show as a way to collect coats for the community.

Furlow will be joined on stage at Recess 101 Jan. 4 by songwriters Nancy Bryant Roppolo and Tommy Ike Hailey, two artists who will be on the program for the 2020 Overbrook Songwriters Festival.

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The three will perform a free show in the round beginning at 8 p.m.

There is no admission, but Furlow hopes those who attend will bring a new or good-condition coat or jacket to donate. They’ll accept scarves, mittens and blankets as well.

“Anything that will keep people warm. There’s cold weather coming,” he said. “We’re going to give them to people who need them.”

Last year, Furlow’s son did a coat drive with his band in Jackson. This year they couldn’t because their venue wasn’t available.

“I just decided I’d do it this year,” Furlow said.

Hosting the event immediately after Christmas is a good way for recipients of new coats and jackets to donate their older items to make room in their closets.

“People got new ones for Christmas and they can get rid of the older ones now,” he said. “It’s just one little thing we can do to help our city and our county. There’s not a whole lot I can do but these are things I can do.”

Furlow isn’t sure yet which organization he’ll be giving them to for distribution.

If you can’t make the show, drop-offs can be made at the Central Fire Station at 314 Brookhaven St.