By: Lanetra Bennett
January 24, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - The City of Tallahassee tried to make Friday morning's frigid temperatures a little easier to bear.
"It's cold." Says one Tallahassee woman.
Tallahassee resident, Reginald Barrington says, "Being out here in the cold is not easy."
To help take the edge off of being in the cold, employees with the City of Tallahassee gave out free hats and gloves to bus riders at the StarMetro terminal Friday morning.
StarMetro administrator Sandra Smiley spearheaded the project. She says, "I know what it feels like just to get out of my car and just to run in the house when it's cold. We have people that are standing outside on bus stips that have to wait for our buses. Then, when they get off their buses, they're walking to their homes, or walking to their jobs. To me, it's just heartbreaking to see them out in the cold."
StarMetro riders say they have to wait out here for a bus anywhere from five to 20 minutes. They say that can feel like an eternity where you're in the cold with nothing on their head or hands.
Barrington says, "These gloves come in really handy because I catch the bus every morning."
StarMetro rider, Christine Timmons, says, "I think that's nice. It is cold and a lot of people don't have hats and gloves and I think it's a nice thing to do for the community."
Between donations and purchases, City staff members say ther wer able to provide 110 hats and 115 pairs of gloves.
The giveaway was an initiative led by the city's administrative staff from various departments.
They also had free donuts and coffee on hand.
News Release: City of Tallahassee
In light of the severely cold weather, StarMetro will be providing free donated hats and gloves to bus riders at C.K. Steele Plaza at 7 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, January 24).
This is being made possible through a heartfelt volunteer initiative designed and led by City of Tallahassee administrative staff from various departments. With a vision to help others during this tough winter, they led a collection drive for hats and gloves to give to StarMetro bus riders. Known as the Cover Me project, this inspiring effort will continue as more items are donated.
We hope that you can stop by C.K. Steele Plaza tomorrow between 7 and 8 a.m. as this is bound to be a great reflection of community spirit and StarMetro’s motto of Caring in Motion. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and doughnuts will be provided as well.
For more information, please contact City of Tallahassee Marketing Manager Sandra Manning at 879-0853 or StarMetro Administrative Specialist Sandra Smiley at 229-221-5210 or 891-5200.