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Continuing the Tradition of Continuing the Tradition of “Classic Giving Back” at the World’s Greatest HBCU Football Classic

PRESS RELEASE                                                                  Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL An outpouring of generosity resulted in a large amount of goods donated in 2015 by local residents and Magic City Classic attendees. The Birmingham City Council facilitated deliveries to the YWCA, Pathways, Jessie’s Place and First Light for the first “Classic Giving Back” initiative.

That success motivated the Birmingham City Council to repeat the Classic Giving Back project in conjunction with the 75th Annual Magic City Classic game. Council President Johnathan Austin says, “The Magic City Classic offers a lot to our city through tourism, hotel lodging, restaurant patronage, entertainment and shopping expenditures. However, during this time the City of Birmingham is using its voice and platform to encourage neighbors and visitors to give back to people in need, which in turn provides resources to charitable organizations and relief to individuals on the receiving end.”

“The clothing and household items donated to the YWCA were a tremendous help to the domestic violence victims we serve,” said Yolanda Sullivan, CEO of YWCA Central Alabama. “Many of the women and children fleeing abusive homes arrive at our shelter with just the clothes on their backs. Knowing that their basic needs will be met is such a comfort to our clients and gives them confidence to start again.”

On Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th at Legion Field Stadium from 8:00am to 6:00pm (behind Tabernacle Baptist Church on Center Street West), the Birmingham City Council is asking the public to bring new and gently worn coats, gloves, hats, etc. along with non-perishable food items. These donations will be delivered on Friday, October 28th to local organizations that serve battered women and their children as well as shelters that serve homeless men, women and families. The food items will be given to community food banks.  Giving back is at the heart of this program.

Food & Clothing Drive/Available Drop-Off Times

Date: Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Location: Legion Field Stadium (Behind Tabernacle Baptist Church on Center Street West)

This is the second year that the Birmingham City Council has collected donations for shelters citywide. Councilors expect this year to be even bigger as they collectively work with the community to help those in need.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Director Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.