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Keeping our children warm with coats

Friday, October 7, 2011

The days are growing shorter. The leaves are turning colors. The air is getting cooler and whether we like it or not, winter is on its way.

For some of us, that's not too big a deal. I myself don't get bothered by the cold, but some of my family layer up and then throw on a thick winter coat.

It is thoughts like that which bring me mixed emotions as the weather changes.

Although I have the ability and finances to go out and purchase my family new coats as the need arises, it saddens my heart to think of how many families can't afford to get their children a proper winter coat.

The thought of a child standing at the bus stop freezing and shivering because they have no coat brings a tear to my eye and a lump in my throat.

It is those thoughts that have led to a community event called, "Keep Our Children Warm," tonight, from 5-8 p.m., at the Family Worship Center. There will be a benefit to raise money to purchase coats for kids. The benefit will be both a night of entertainment as well as an opportunity to register a child for a coat.

The evening's activities will include live powerful drama by Blazing Hearts, live interactive praise and worship by Stick with Hymn, stand-up comedy, special children's moments with the kids in the audience, which include magic, stories and gift giveaways.

There will also be musical performances by Caleb Southerland, Lindcoya Pennington, Destinee Rivera, Delaney Coffin and Tina Riverta.

Mayoral candidate Steve Lamb will be guest hosting, along with myself, as we try to persuade to keep our children warm.

While we ask for a voluntary $3 donation at the door, absolutely no one will be turned away.

Last year, we were able to purchase 75 brand new, factory sealed, kid and teens coats for $10 each and our hope is to at least double that number this year.

If you can't make it out to the show, but would still like to make a donation for coats, please call me at 812-241-6421.

Thank you and God bless.

Every child deserves a coat.