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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Three Favorite

For fourteen years, I had the privilege of managing the Give A Kid A Coat program for A Cleaner World. During that time there were a lot of unforgettable moments, but in David Letterman style here are my top 3 favorite:

Number 3 - In 2005, a woman called to thank us for doing Give A Kid A Coat. Her family had for several years donated to Give A Kid A Coat but this year instead of being donors, they needed to be recipients. Her husband had lost his job. They had 3 kids, and after the 3rd one was born she decided to stay home. They were living off some savings but it wasn't going to last too much longer. I so vividly remember the gratitude in her voice. And I appreciated her call very much. We, just simply because of the way the program is set up, don't often get to talk to those that receive coats.

Number 2 - Let me preface this by saying that I'm not at all diminishing coat donations. Every coat is important. But it only takes a few minutes to check your closet and then drop off unused coats at A Cleaner World. Just a few weeks ago, someone dropped off 56 hand knit scarves at a Greensboro location for Give A Kid A Coat. She said she'd spent the last year working on them. Think about the time commitment involved in knitting 56 scarves. All I can say is wow.

Number 1 - I know I've shared this story before but I think it spells out perfectly why we do Give A Kid A Coat. Several campaigns ago a Salvation Army representative was helping a family find coats when one of the kids squealed in delight when she found a coat with pockets. She now had a place to put her hands so they wouldn't get cold.

This year Give A Kid A Coat collected 27,817 coats. Thank you for supporting this important program. Lots of folks will be warm this winter because of your generosity.

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