ARDMORE, Okla. ― Cold weather has arrived in Texoma, and many children in our area may not have a coat to protect them those cold temperatures. Daniel Armbruster explains how one local organization hoping to change that.
Brawn Lide and his fiancee are just two of the 180 members of the Ardmore Young Professionals Organization in search of coats for those in need this holiday season.
"It’s a great way to give back, and I think one of the greatest feelings you can have is when you give and help other people out," Lide says.
"A big expressed need for children's coats, especially in some of the schools that are less fortunate and, also the YWCA has asked for a lot of kids’ coats as well."
There are a few other donation sites in the Ardmore area as well, such as the Southern Oklahoma Radio Stations Building, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, and the Ardmore Mission's Building, across the street from the First Baptist Church of Ardmore.
Lide says it not makes him feel good to give, but it is also a great lesson for young Texomans and for his soon-to-be stepdaughter.
"To help them just make a difference in the community and also to help them understand that giving is so much better than receiving, which is a very difficult thing to do with kids, but if anybody has kids, it's a great thing to teach them."
Amye Lambert is also with AYPO, and is concerned that many will not have the means to afford a coat this winter.
"When you can clean out your closet and get rid of some things that you’re holding onto for a garage sale, you know you get rid of some coats, and they'll go to someone in need," Lambert says.
Lambert says the number of Carter County residents that have trouble finding the funds for a winter coat is staggering.
"It's going to get cold, and it's amazing how many people don't have the opportunity to go buy themselves a coat, and they don't have the resources to get a free coat and so that's our goal."
If you would like to drop off a coat, the drive ends on December 15th.