JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville-native and Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis is used to covering the competition, but this holiday season it is needy people he is covering instead of wide receivers.
Mathis is leading the Jaguars in a winter coat and clothing drive in partnership with Dignity U Wear.
The organization is partnering with the team to collect gently used coats and any other clothing at the Jaguars home game this Sunday, December 9.
A release from the team said Jaguars coaches, players, staff and fans are participating.
Mathis said, "As the cooler weather arrives, we have men, women and children who need warmer clothes. We in the Jaguars family are blessed to be able to help those in need."
Clothes collected during the drive will be sent to agencies to distribute to formerly homeless men and women who may need the clothing and for those re-entering the workforce. Children's clothing collected will go to area homeless shelters, the release said.
Prior to the Jaguars' home game Sunday collection stations will be placed around EverBank Field.
The first 200 fans donating clothing will receive a team photo or other item signed by Mathis.
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