Hundreds Of Children Receive Free Coats

It may still feel warm outside, but winter is on its way, and that means it's time to get out your winter coat. Not every parent, however, is able to provide their child with a warm coat. Thanks to donations from the community, coats were available to those that need one.

Families lined up early this morning outside the Good Samaritan Outreach Center in Tyler to pick out a winter coat. Only the children got to go inside, but when they got there they were not alone. Inside children volunteers helped the children pick out the coats. This was Mary Grace's first year helping out.

"It's really fun helping out, giving kids that don't have them," said Grace, 10, a volunteer. "It's a great opportunity to help out and give out to the public." Organizers say children volunteers work out better than adults.

"When we started out we tried adults at first," said Don Barron, Director of the Good Samaritan Outreach Center. "That didn't work, so we brought in kids and they started helping. Everything settled down, smoothed down and it's been great." Valerie Love's son got a brand new coat today.

"This is my first year coming and I really do appreciate it," said Valerie Love. "I've really been going through a lot. My son just got over cancer in August, so it's really been kind of a struggle for me to get back on my feet." Stories like this, is why the "Good Samaritan Outreach Center holds a coat drive every year.

Throughout October P.A.T.H. collected coats for the coat drive today. More than 300 coats were donated. If you were not able to make it this morning, you can pick up a coat at the Good Samaritan Outreach Center on East Gentry in Tyler.

Molly Reuter, reporting.