When First Community Bank of Tennessee’s Murfreesboro branch agreed to be a drop-off point for the Ms. Cheap T-shirt drive for Room in the Inn, the staff expected to collect a few bins of shirts to donate.

But on the first week of the drive, a whopping 700 brand-new shirts were deposited at the bank as a donation.

David Barber, of Barber Promotions and Embroidery, which donated the new shirts, said his company had printed the shirts for a client and had used a wrong color, causing his team to have to reprint the order. “We had 12 boxes of new shirts, and the sizes are small up to 4X,” Barber said.

“Never did we imagine that there would be that many shirts. They just kept bringing them in,” said branch manager Pamela Mays, who said that in addition to the big 700 shirt drop-off, her bank is getting a good donation response from individuals and groups. “We are excited to be a part of it,” she said.

Adam Baker, manager of Billy’s Corner, a collection point in Sylvan Park, said “response has been great. I think this is just the time of year folks have changed over their wardrobe for the season and are eager to make some room. Anytime you can donate to a legit cause instead of a money-making machine, you certainly feel better about it.”

The drive, which is sponsored by Main Street Media of Tennessee and NewsChannel 5, runs through June 4. Here is what is wanted: clean men’s and women’s T-shirts. They can be from schools, vacation destinations, charity events, brands, concerts, races, etc. The most-needed sizes are L, XL and XXL.

Melanie Barnett, community development director at Room in the Inn, says more than 500 shirts have been dropped off at the campus and all will be put to good use. “A clean T-shirt can bring relief to those who are enduring the elements, especially as summer approaches,” she said.

So please join us and go through your closets and drawers and set your extra T-shirts aside for Room in the Inn to distribute to those experiencing homelessness this summer.

It is so easy to participate: Just collect shirts from friends and colleagues or neighbors and deliver them to Room in the Inn or one of the other Middle Tennessee drop-off locations. Or, if you collect a lot, you could arrange for a pickup.

Spread the word. Thanks to all!

Shirt donations can be dropped off at Room in the Inn at 705 Drexel St., Nashville, 37203, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until June 4. Use the call box at the entrance gate, and a staff member will buzz you in and accept your donation. Email info@roomintheinn.org with questions.

Other drop-off locations that will accept shirts through June 4 include:

• Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays and at services on Sundays;

• Billy’s Corner, 4400 Murphy Road in Sylvan Park, will accept shirts daily;

• Belmont United Methodist Church’s Community Center Lobby, 2007 Acklen Ave., between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and at Sunday services;

• FiftyForward Donelson at 108 Donelson Pike and FiftyForward Knowles/Patricia Hart Building at 174 Rains Ave. will accept shirts between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays;

• The Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., will accept shirts during its regular center hours;

• Otter Creek Church will accept donated shirts at both of its locations, 3534 West End Ave. and 409 Franklin Road, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and at its regular church services;

• Sumner YMCA, 102 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville;

• Crye-Leike Realtors, 383 Johnny Cash Blvd., Hendersonville;

• Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 Country Club Drive, Suite 104, Hendersonville;

• Unlimited Potential, 260 East Winchester St., Gallatin;

• White House Chamber of Commerce, 412 TN-76, White House;

• First Community Bank of Tennessee, 262 Robert Rose Drive, Suite 100, Murfreesboro;

• Jimmy Floyd Family Center, 511 N. Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon;

• Sports Village Fitness, 1735 W. Main St., Lebanon;

• Hilldale Baptist Church, 2001 Madison St., Clarksville;

• Family Life Center, 250 Old Farmers Road, Clarksville.

For more information, email info@roomintheinn.org.

Mary Hance, who has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area, writes a weekly Ms. Cheap column. She also appears on Thursdays on NewsChannel 5’s “Talk of the Town.” Reach her at mscheap@mainstreetmediatn.om and follow her on Facebook as Facebook.com/mscheap.

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