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DeAnne Mason, Fargo, Published November 21 2012

Letter: Community comes through with coats

‘In the nick of time.” The weather outside may not be frightening, but it’s cold, and many in our community are now sporting warm coats, hats, mittens and boots.

Because of your generosity and that of many sponsoring businesses, almost 1,600 individuals were provided with warm winter wear last month during the “Coats for Kids and Families Too” event.

The Salvation Army set up a “store” at their Moorhead location complete with hanging racks of coats, jackets, snowsuits and snowpants. There were shelves covered with all colors and sizes of hats, mittens and scarves. Boots were lined up like little soldiers.

During the 10-day event, 1,700 coats were given away, plus almost 3,200 winter accessories – free to all who shopped. Shoppers were also able to help themselves to sweaters and sweatshirts.

Thank you to all who extended a hand advertising the event, cleaning, sorting and hanging donated items, setting up the “store,” assisting the many families with shopping or donating cash for coats.

I will say it again – our weather may become frightening, but only generous hearts live here in the Red River Valley.