Reaching out to the community has been a longstanding tradition for the Baltimore Ravens. Their latest community outreach program is a timely one since the temperature continues to drop.
The Ravens teamed with the Helping Up Mission to distribute coats for their 2019 coat drive. Head coach John Harbaugh was joined by various Ravens players to give the coats away.
Being a part of the Baltimore community is something the Ravens don't take lightly.
"It's important to be here because it's Baltimore. We care about Baltimore. I think this city epitomizes what the Ravens are all about," Harbaugh said.
The Helping Up Mission has a mission to “provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.”
The coat drive is one of many programs offered by the Helping Up Mission. It's a place where those in need can go to have a warm bed for the night and receive two hot meals.
"Craig Singleterry [senior security manager] in our security department has been heading that up for over 10 years now. It’s awesome, putting together coats and all kinds of different winter gear for the Helping Up Mission guys who are a great crew," Harbaugh said.
"They have a huge group in there. It had to be 70, 80 guys that we were with this morning who are just great, great people working hard to get on track. It was a great moment, and it’s a great group down there at Helping Up Mission.”