I pride myself in helping clients through their toughest times.- Bill O’Mara
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Support Blankets for the Homeless in Cooper Hurley’s Winter Facebook Likes Campaign
We are happy to have chosen a great cause for our winter Facebook ‘likes’ campaign as well as one with a moving story behind it.
More than two decades ago on Christmas Eve, Mariah Smith was abandoned as a newborn.
Mariah is now 22 and is the founder of the Virginia Beach-based nonprofit Blankets for the Homeless, a charity she set up as a teen.
Mariah was adopted and brought up in a loving household but she returned to the streets to help the homeless.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is supporting Blankets for the Homeless in our winter Facebook ‘likes’ campaign. We will be donating $1 to the nonprofit for every like of our Facebook page up to $500. See this video to find out more about Blankets for the Homeless.
When she was 17, Mariah was eating at a Sonic restaurant when she saw a homeless man nearby who was shivering in the cold weather. Mariah pulled a blanket from her car, collected the food she’d just ordered and gave it to the man.
He wrapped the blanket around him and he started eating. The idea for a nonprofit was born at that moment. The teen went home and made a flier with her phone number on asking for donations of used blankets. Within a week, she had handed out more than 300 fliers at oceanfront hotels, schools, and churches. She received 50 blankets in two days.
“Since then it has grown into so much more than blankets. It’s hats, gloves, hoodies, jeans, walking shoes, tents, toiletries, basically anything that the homeless community needs,” she said.
“The need is always there and it’s always great. It just changes as the weather does.”
As well as homeless people on the streets, Blankets for the Homeless helps families who are living in transitory hotel accommodation and in their cars.
“A lot of the time they are working and simply not making enough to put down a security deposit and get into an apartment,” Mariah said.
Over the holidays, Blankets for the Homeless runs a stocking and toy event. People in the community make stockings and fill them with toys. Blankets for the Homeless gives the stockings to people who live on the street, and hotels and their children.
“It gives them a special Christmas that they would not have otherwise,” Mariah said.
Read more about Blankets for the Homeless on its website.
Cooper Hurley supported Sugar Plum Bakery in our last Facebook ‘likes’ campaign. The bakery supports people with developmental disabilities. We presented will be presenting a check for $500 to the bakery this month.
Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.