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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Give A Kid A Coat

Did you happen to see this?

This is my son, Gray, hamming it up at last year’s Give A Kid A Coat kick off.  He’s in the height of his glory in that photo, and here’s how that moment came about.

Gray is an excitable little boy.  He brings lots of enthusiasm to everything he does – there’s no half way with him – ever.  When I figured out that his fall break coincided with the kick off, I asked him if he wanted to help.  Of course, but he needed to be official.  So we got him a uniform shirt, name badge, and Give A Kid A Coat button and gave him a job.  He was going to help collect and count coats as they came in the morning of the kick off.

He arrived bright and early and ready to work, so Mike Smith got him started. 

The folks at Fox 8 liked his work ethic (and handsome hair) and began including him in their on-air spots.  And before you knew it, a star was born.  This newfound stardom only added to his enthusiasm.  He had lots of fun that morning, but the message of Give A Kid A Coat really stuck with him throughout the year.  Many times last winter he mentioned his coat from the prior year and wondered who had it and did they like it.

This year, my enthusiastic child is again raring to go.  He’s told his friends at school all about the program and how he gets to help.  More importantly, he’s already gone through his closet and gathered his outgrown coats.

A Cleaner World, Fox 8, 1075KZL, and The Salvation Army kick off the 2015 Give A Kid A Coat campaign this Friday, October 9 at the A Cleaner World located at 2527 Eastchester Drive in High Point.  There will be lots of food, fun, and giveaways.  And of course, Gray will be there -- running around full of energy and excitement – but more importantly, donating his coats.  Will you check your closets for coats to donate?

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