In early November, I was sitting in a meeting in our conference room at the police station. Our Area Commander was meeting with Commanders in her command along with the three community presidents. She suggested a coat drive. My first thought was great idea will we have enough time. I came home and put together a flyer and officers took them to area business, and apartments. I sent it to all of the District Communities. I named it Warm Someones Heart.
Two churches stepped up and asked their congregations to donate coats. Today we distributed 122 coats to men, women and children. Someone donated several packs of children's mittens. People were in line an hour before we opened at the church. Many of the coats were gone within the first 90 minutes. We were left with 15 coats. The Police Officers took them to a homeless encampment that has children and 15 people got warm coats.
Last Friday, I received a call from a woman who use to live in the community. She talked for a while and then said I have to swallow my pride Miss Joyce. I need help. She moved out of the city to take a job in one of the tunties. I read that the business closed 4 months ago. She is on unemployment and now has custody of her grandchildren. Her daughter is bipolar and addicted to drugs and CPS took them. Both children were born with medical problems. She needed winter coats, a humidifier and a walker for the baby. She also needed clothing for the 3 yr old. I told her we had to first serve coats to the people living in the community and she understood. I put her in touch with my counterpart in the police district where she now lives. My friend called her and got her list. When she contacted the very first person she said her company was looking for a family to adopt. The woman got two humidifiers shoes, clothing, a walker, a stroller, and a few other items for both kids. My friends police district had a toy and food drive so the officers are taking her a box of toys for both kids, and a food basket. The woman called me back and said I and my friend restored her faith in people and in God because she didn't think anyone would help her.
This is the season of giving, there are so many people who need help. They could be your neighbors, church members or complete strangers. Please if you can, donate a toy, a coat, scarves, hats, gloves, canned goods or even your time to help those helping others.
Seeing a grown man get a warm winter coat nearly break down into tears was heart breaking. He walked 3 blocks to get a coat and was grateful. He said he can now go to church. It doesn't take much to put a smile on someones face or warm their hearts. Have a wonderful Holiday.
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