Give a Coat, Change a Life: Stories of Generosity

My favorite winter coat story was from a mother who was standing in line waiting for In the Image to open up. She had two children in school, and winter's cold was beginning to move in. She had come to In the Image before her lunch shift at a fast-food restaurant started.

"I sure hope you have winter coats in," she said, " because right now our rent is due, and if you don't have winter coats for my daughters, I'll have to use the rent money for coats."

At this point she paused as she searched for the words that would communicate the desperation she was feeling at that moment. "Either way, if you don't have coats, we end up in the cold."

That pretty much sums up where many working people are nowadays, sums up why the gift of a gently used coat can make a difference, a dramatic difference in the lives of families today. Oh yes, thanks to the generosity of so many caring and compassionate people, we did have winter coats for her and her daughters.

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