[Hpn] Hundreds of homeless get new coats

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Hundreds of homeless get new coats

By Pamela Manson
pmanson@sltrib.com=20

The Salt Lake Tribune

01/26/2008=20


One warm coat can make a big difference in a homeless person's life.=20

    On Saturday, donors made a huge difference, providing hundreds of =
coats for the Salt Lake City Mission to hand out. The giveaway was part =
of the nationwide One Warm Coat campaign, where individuals and =
companies donate new and gently used coats to shelters and other =
agencies.=20

    Within the first hour of the giveaway, at the corner of 500 West and =
200 South, a few hundred people had gone through piles of coats to find =
one that fit. Also available were some pants, shirts and shoes.=20

    The event was a blessing to the recipients, who had been alerted =
through flyers distributed at homeless shelters.=20
    "I don't have any money to buy any clothes," said a woman as she =
picked up a few pairs of pants.=20
    The giveaway also was a blessing to the organizers.=20

    "It's something we love doing," Brad Jaques, the mission's assistant =
director of development, said. "The more you give, the more you get."=20

    The mission distributed more than 700 coats at its Christmas dinners =
and had more than 500 on hand for Saturday's event. The leftover ones =
were earmarked for delivery to shelters.=20

    "We don't want to house the coats," Jacques said. "We want to give =
them to people who need them."=20
   =20

Many of the coats were donated by Burlington Northern Coat Factory, =
while others came from organizations holding coat drives.=20
    One group was composed of members of Cub Scout Pack 4133 and Boy =
Scout Troop 1133 in West Jordan. Dayne Graves, 11, created a flyer that =
the Scouts distributed to let neighbors know they would be coming around =
for donations.=20
    It worked - the Scouts contributed 21 bags of coats and clothing=20

    Also lending a hand were people who had been down-and-out =
themselves.=20

    Bruce DeShane, an ordained minister, and his wife, Tina DeShane, =
said they travel around the country helping out at shelters. When they =
run out of money, Bruce does odd jobs to keep them afloat for awhile.=20

    On Saturday, they went through the piles of goods looking for =
children's shoes and clothing to take back to the Road Home shelter, =
where they live.=20

    "A lot of times, parents are all wrapped up [in coats] and the kids =
are not," Tina said. "We tell them if you're cold, they're cold."=20

    Troy Loving, who lives in a shelter, said he is trying to establish =
a nonprofit organization, As We See It, to give homeless people a voice =
and to help meet their year-round needs.=20

    "Just because Christmas is over, don't forget about us," he said.=20

    pmanson@sltrib.com=20

    Donations needed=20

    The Salt Lake City Mission is taking contributions for its One Warm =
Coat campaign to help residents of shelters. Coats, scarves, gloves, =
hats, blankets, sleeping bags, socks, underwear and other clothing can =
be dropped off, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 320 W. =
200 South, Suite 120B. Monetary donations also are welcome

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One warm coat can make a big difference in a homeless person's life. =
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<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On Saturday, donors made =
a huge=20
difference, providing hundreds of coats for the Salt Lake City Mission =
to hand=20
out. The giveaway was part of the nationwide One Warm Coat campaign, =
where=20
individuals and companies donate new and gently used coats to shelters =
and other=20
agencies. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Within the first hour of =
the=20
giveaway, at the corner of 500 West and 200 South, a few hundred people =
had gone=20
through piles of coats to find one that fit. Also available were some =
pants,=20
shirts and shoes. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The event was a blessing =
to the=20
recipients, who had been alerted through flyers distributed at homeless=20
shelters. <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "I don't have any money to buy any =
clothes,"=20
said a woman as she picked up a few pairs of pants. =
<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The=20
giveaway also was a blessing to the organizers. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "It's something we love =
doing,"=20
Brad Jaques, the mission's assistant director of development, said. "The =
more=20
you give, the more you get." </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The mission distributed =
more than=20
700 coats at its Christmas dinners and had more than 500 on hand for =
Saturday's=20
event. The leftover ones were earmarked for delivery to shelters. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "We don't want to house =
the=20
coats," Jacques said. "We want to give them to people who need them."=20
<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </DIV>
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<DIV class=3DarticleBody>Many of the coats were donated by Burlington =
Northern=20
Coat Factory, while others came from organizations holding coat drives.=20
<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One group was composed of members of Cub Scout =
Pack 4133=20
and Boy Scout Troop 1133 in West Jordan. Dayne Graves, 11, created a =
flyer that=20
the Scouts distributed to let neighbors know they would be coming around =
for=20
donations. <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It worked - the Scouts contributed 21 =
bags of=20
coats and clothing </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Also lending a hand were =
people=20
who had been down-and-out themselves. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bruce DeShane, an =
ordained=20
minister, and his wife, Tina DeShane, said they travel around the =
country=20
helping out at shelters. When they run out of money, Bruce does odd jobs =
to keep=20
them afloat for awhile. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On Saturday, they went =
through the=20
piles of goods looking for children's shoes and clothing to take back to =
the=20
Road Home shelter, where they live. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "A lot of times, parents =
are all=20
wrapped up [in coats] and the kids are not," Tina said. "We tell them if =
you're=20
cold, they're cold." </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Troy Loving, who lives =
in a=20
shelter, said he is trying to establish a nonprofit organization, As We =
See It,=20
to give homeless people a voice and to help meet their year-round needs. =
</DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Just because Christmas =
is over,=20
don't forget about us," he said. </DIV>
<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <A=20
href=3D"mailto:pmanson@sltrib.com" =
target=3D_BLANK>pmanson@sltrib.com</A>=20
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<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <STRONG>Donations =
needed</STRONG>=20
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<DIV class=3DarticleBody><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Salt Lake City =
Mission is=20
taking contributions for its One Warm Coat campaign to help residents of =

shelters. Coats, scarves, gloves, hats, blankets, sleeping bags, socks,=20
underwear and other clothing can be dropped off, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 =
p.m. Monday=20
through Friday at 320 W. 200 South, Suite 120B. Monetary donations also =
are=20
welcome</DIV></DIV>
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