Chelsey Sayasane is a junior at the University of Mobile. She is majoring in Communications with an Emphasis on Broadcast Media and is seeking a minor in Business.
She's also the current Miss University of Mobile and recently competed in the Miss Alabama Pageant.
But there's more to Chelsey than a pretty smile and a crown.
As her platform for the University of Mobile, Chelsey began a project dear to her heart: Coats of Many Colors. Through her organization, she collects business, winter and rain coats for the nation's homeless.
Her mission with Coats of Many Colors is "to provide coats and create relationships," she said. "My team and I strive to love on these people. (Locally) we have a distribution once a quarter with One Meal (which feeds the downtown Mobile homeless a meal on Sunday afternoon) and we get to hand out coats and meals," Chelsey said.
It all started in September 2016 when Chelsey met a homeless man named "Mr. Jimmy." She asked him what he thought the homeless needed most and he replied, "Coats."
Chelsey said, "I took it and ran with it." Partnering with the charitable foundation Slingshot, Coats of Many Colors has provided more than 5,000 coats to the homeless in 26 major cities in the country in just 10 months.
Chelsey said that she has had many drop-off sites, including Merle Norman, Saraland High School, Bridgeway and Connection Yogurt, who, along with family and friends have helped her with the project.