The Clark Atlanta University newspaper team works with two local non-profit organizations in order to assist the homeless of Atlanta this winter season. Comfort Atlanta and Ufirst both have a vision to see a world where no one goes cold.

Marcel Middleton, Co-Founder of Comfort Atlanta shares tips with members of the CAU Panther newspaper team on comforting the homeless population.
Photo Credit: Nailah Heard

Comfort Atlanta boldly addresses the issue of chronically homeless people who can’t get into or chooses not to go to shelters yet end up freezing on the streets.  “The organization receives and delivers donations via social calls to action and other traditional methods of outreach,” Founders of Comfort Atlanta, Melvin & Marcel Middleton shares. “We are committed to bringing social awareness to the issues of chronically homeless individuals freezing and the impact that this has on their psyche and their physical well-being.”

Erica Wright of Ufirst shares the vision behind the organization with the CAU Panther newspaper team.
Photo Credit: Nailah Heard

Erica Wright, Founder & CEO of Ufirst states, “Our goal to help those in need starts with people like you. If one person can make a difference can you imagine what a community can do? With this said, I am very thrilled to work with each every person in supporting a great cause. Kudos for caring.”  Ufirst work tirelessly within the communities to serve the homeless population in efforts to restore dignity to lead a healthy and whole life.

CAU GLS Ambassadors bring their blanket donations ready to load them up.

The charge is shared on the “Local Take” by Kiplyn Primus of WCLK and the Atlanta Business Journal by Kevin Pride. Collectively with the CAU Panther newspaper team, CAU Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Ambassadors, Pretty Girls Sweat of CAU and Correct Consultants, LLC filled plastic storage bin(s) with donated blankets, socks, and gloves for men, women and children. The drive began with a collection of 46 blankets, 64 pairs of socks, 10 pairs of gloves, and bags of miscellaneous items. The giving continues as Comfort Atlanta received a large donation of comforters from Elite Laundry and Helping Hands Food Pantry a week before Christmas.

As items are collected in turn they are hand delivered by assembled teams through Ufirst and Comfort Atlanta to the men, women and children finding refuge on the Atlanta streets and underpasses.

The Clark Atlanta University Panther newspaper team consisting of students varying in majors eagerly agreed to lead this cause as a team after the information was presented to them by CAU mass media arts graduating senior and editor-in-chief, Trishunda Mooney.  “I am overjoyed to know this team is fully supportive of making a difference in someone’s livelihood. Human beings they may never know, will be touched by their generous efforts to collect these needed items in hopes to make their lives a bit more comforted,” Mooney said.

You, your business, church ministry or campus organization can also participate in the blanket drive by contacting Trishunda Mooney, Clark Atlanta University Panther newspaper’s editor-in-chief, at (404) 759-0878 or or Marcel Middleton, Comfort Atlanta’s Co-Founder at (404) 729-5325 or

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