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HALE: MTSU golf coach steps up for children in need

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HALE: MTSU golf coach steps up for children in need | Whit Turnbow, Sports, MTSU, Golf, Murfreesboro, Charity

Whit Turnbow

Good people do good deeds.

MTSU men’s golf coach Whit Turnbow is good people.

On Friday, Turnbow was driving to work when he saw a young boy – presumably waiting on a school bus – without a coat. Mind you that is was 8 degrees that day.

It got Turnbow concerned, and he decided to do something about it via Twitter and Facebook. He sent out a simple request asking for help.

Thus, began the “True Blue Turnbow Project.”

Since that first tweet, there have been more than 100 requests for gently used or new coats, and thousands of dollars have been donated.

“Sometimes, maybe we don’t give our community enough credit,” Turnbow said. “I thought I might by a coat or a couple of coats. A few hours later, it was dozens and dozens of coats.

“I had not asked for any money, but people were calling me right and left. I’d see people out in town, and they would just hand me cash. It’s crazy. It really is.”

Turnbow said the news soon traveled to Bedford County.

“People started calling my brother in Bedford County. Kyle called me and asked, ‘What is going on?,’” Turnbow said. “He said he had people calling and asking about coats. I told him to go to K-Mart down there and get them.

“It’s blow up down there. They’re having a coat drive at their homecoming basketball game on Friday, Jan. 31. Every single day, we’re getting more and more requests.”

When the MTSU mens basketball team hosts East Carolina on Thursday, Jan. 30, a coat drive will be held and donations will be accepted at all entrances at the Murphy Center.

“I made two drops (Tuesday) at two schools, and we’ve got more requests coming in,” Turnbow said. “The most disappointing thing is how alarming it is that there are so many kids out there who need them.”

Monetary donations also can be made to Murfreesboro City Schools, located 2252 S. Church St. or Rutherford County Schools at 2240 Southpark Drive.

Social media gets a bad rap at times, but it truly was a valuable tool in getting the news out concerning a serious problem in our community.

It’s always refreshing to know there are good people out there willing to help.

And Whit Turnbow is good people.

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