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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Donating a Coat to Give A Kid A Coat

Have your heard of the Five Love Languages – Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch?  Do you know yours?  If I could add a sixth one for my mom it would be – Bargain Purchases.  Nothing trips her trigger more than a good buy.

At the end of July, we were shopping for new tennis shoes for Gray.  Of course while at the department store, she had to check the sale racks.  On one of the racks was a beautiful black winter coat with a fur collar in a size medium.  She picked it up to see that while the original price was $220, it was marked down 90% to $22 AND she had a 30% off coupon, which made the final price $15.40.  I decided to buy the coat for several reasons – first, I loved it; second, it was a good buy, and third, if I didn’t she would have insisted on buying it for me – I know merely for the fact that it was such a steal.

How lucky am I that I can purchase a winter coat that I really don’t need in July simply because it was a good buy?  So many adults in our community don’t have that luxury.  They put off getting winter coats – usually only getting them for their kids – until the last minute because there are more important bills to be paid.  And it seems that I’m not the only person at A Cleaner World thinking about winter coats in July.  On July 21st, the folks from The Salvation Army, 1075KZL, Fox8, and members of our staff met to start planning this year’s Give A Kid A Coat campaign, which kicked off last week.

Since that first planning meeting in July, I’ve been receiving details regarding this year’s kick off and campaign, and I am reminded of the fact that I purchased a coat that I didn’t need – just wanted.  So I will not let that coat become one of a collection, and I will follow my rule of one in, one out and donate a coat to this year’s Give A Kid A Coat campaign.  A Cleaner World will clean it; The Salvation Army will help it find a good home; and I will smile when I put on my new coat knowing that my beautiful, brown, only 2 year old winter coat will be cherished by someone that might not have had a coat if I had chosen not to make that impulse purchase.

I suspect I’m not the only person that has more coats than she needs.  For more information about Give A Kid A Coat, click here

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