Put Your Coat On!

By Lindsay Phoenix
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to my children, “Put your coat on!” In fact, I’m pretty sure every mother has.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to say those words, or want to say those words and have nothing but a worn, dirty, ill-fitting coat to offer your child. Or worse, nothing at all.
img_0919When my husband and I first heard about Winter Wear , a dignity coat store in Hilliard, and its goal of getting brand new coats to kids who need them, we couldn’t have been more on board.  Why wouldn’t we want to help families do the same thing for their children as we were doing for ours.  And the amazing thing about the coat store is that it really is the parents who are providing for their child.  They have to fill out the registration form.  They have to get their child to the store.  They have to pay for the product.  Winter Wear just makes it possible for us to come along side them, provide a warm, inviting atmosphere, maybe a little too much sugar at the snack table, and a big break in the price. I felt like the goal of the coat store was to give a family something they needed and the love they deserved.
So far, I’ve only served through one coat store shopping session (there are three more scheduled), but I’ve been amazed and humbled to watch different organizations and people who in isolation didn’t have the means to make such a store happen, but by coming together, had their resources, space, time, and talents multiplied through God’s goodness. Winter Wear is a partnership between Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries, Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and Life Community Church.  At the core of this service, Winter Wear wants to preserve the family’s dignity and my prayer is that each family feels this with every coat that is worn out the door!
If you would like to volunteer at Winter Wear, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/jzmftqq. Winter Wear is also still accepting donations of new gloves and hats, email info@SON-Ministries.org for donation information. Thank you!

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