Share the Warmth Coat Drive Distributes Donated Coats

Share the Warmth Coat Drive - picture and story courtesy of KXII

Share the Warmth Coat Drive Distributes Donated Coats

By: Sean Larsen

Sherman, TX — We’ve told you about the Share The Warmth Coat Drive going on across Texoma the past few weeks and today we’re pleased to show you the results.

This cold morning hundreds of people came together to help their neighbors in need.

For weeks they’ve been collecting them. Finally on a cold Friday morning hundreds of coats were distributed to anyone in Texoma who needed one.

People came by the bus load to the Share the Warmth Coat Drive distribution at the Texoma Council of Governments building in Sherman.

“I’m in desperate need of some foul weather gear for this winter and I understand these people are reaching out to people in the community and I feel that’s a great thing,” grateful Bonham resident Gary Katzel said.

“They’re giving away free coats for anyone that’s cold and needy so I’m coming up here to get some for my grandkids,” grateful grandmother Cindi Spoonmore said.

This is the coat drive’s fifth year – with over 20 drop off destinations that once again collected thousands of donated coats.

This is the coat drives first distribution day, however, where anyone can come in, no questions asked, and get a coat.

Mad Rock Radio, Texas Laundry and Dry Cleaning and the Texoma Council of Governments helped organize the month long coat drive.

“There are so many people that are involved in this,” Mad Rock Promotions Director Laura Villa said. “Last year we had a big number and this year we came back with another thousand coats, so it’s really great.”

It was a warming event for both organizers and recipients.

“It makes you feel humble and like you’ve been blessed and fortunate,” Texas Laundry and Dry Cleaning owner David Jarvis said.

It was especially special for the kids.

“To see a kid come in and collect a coat and have a smile on his face and watch that same kid turn around and donate his old coat – it’s amazing to watch,” TCOG Coordinator Delano Smith said.

Organizers say all leftover coats will be distributed to local agencies and citizens in need.