Increasing need for coats as temperatures drop

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Many children and adults are now better prepared for this week’s cold weather in Houston.

There were 120 students from four different schools who got new coats, toys, and other items Wednesday morning thanks to Amazon.

“Lots of smiles,” said Navarro Middle School principal Kelly Vaughn.

Navarro hosted the giveaway in its auditorium.

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“It was awesome,” said seventh grader Ezequiel Rodriguez. “I got some gifts and I’m thankful for the event to happen.”

“A few kids brought me to the side and told me how much it meant to them,” said Ben Adler with Amazon. “Some of them who don’t have parents weren't expecting to get anything this year and to see how excited they were to be getting something just warms the heart.”

Seventh grader Nataly Vega is now ready for old man winter wrapped up in her brand new coat.

“I’m happy because I got that,” said Vega. “It was really good.”

Some adults are now warmer too thanks to dry blankets handed out to the city’s homeless by Star of Hope.

“If a blanket out here gets soiled or wet, they don’t exactly take it to the dry cleaner, they throw it away,” said Star of Hope’s Scott Arthur. “So we need as many blankets as possible.”

Star of Hope is just one of the charitable organizations in constant need of donations to keep their missions going.

That’s especially true during this first holiday season post-Harvey.

“It’s the giving season and, you know, just not only Christmas gifts,” said Arthur.

Navarro principal Kelly Vaughn may have put it best.

“If you’re blessed, you pass the blessing on,” said Vaughn.
 
Here are some ways you can help out this holiday season:
 
Catholic Charities

Drop off at 2900 Louisiana St., Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Pick up is at same location & same time, but call first to make sure they have donations.
(713) 526-4611

United Way

If you want to donate, call (713) 685-2776
If you want to volunteer, call (713) 685-2746
If you need donations, Dial 211. They are available 24/7.
 
Star of Hope

Two Drop off Locations: 2320 Lamar St. & 2575 Reed Rd., Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Coats will be donated to homeless and those living in Star of Hope Facilities.
If you are not homeless, you can call (713) 748-0700 for assistance.