Wednesday, December 9, 2009

One Warm Coat . . . or REALTORS nag clients to clean out your closet!

Realtors nag our clients about cleaning out closets before they put their home on the market, but this time, THIS Realtor is asking you to clean out your closet as a charitable act.

"One Warm Coat" is a national effort meeting local needs: their goal is to provide any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge. Providing this simple yet vital need helps people live productive lives year round. You can organize a coat drive, or clean out your closet and donate a coat or TWO!

Thankfully, in Tulsa, we have a long tradition of donating coats, started by Jim Giles, deceased anchorman for Channel Six News. You can take your new or gently-used coats to any Yale Cleaner location, and they will mend and clean your coats. The coats are then given to Catholic Charities for distribution.

I just inventoried my coat closet. Three short coats, two full-length coats, one red coat, one black coat - I don't possibly NEED all of these! I think I might feel just a little bit warmer in my red coat if I knew that my black coat was keeping someone else warm.

Please visit this web site for more information about Tulsa's and Giles' Coats for Kids program and for addresses of the many Yale Cleaners drop off locations. (Don't forget that adults need coats too!)

If you need a coat, call Catholic Charities at 949-HOPE or visit the Giles' Coats for Kids Distribution Center at the NEW Catholic Charities location, 2450 N. Harvard. Please bring a form of ID for each family member who needs a coat.

If you live outside of Tulsa and wish to start a similar program, visit the "One Warm Coat" web site for guidelines and suggestion of how to start a drive in your home town.

Sorry to be a nagging REALTOR, but do just one thing this week for me, and clean out your coat closet! You'll feel warmer, I promise!

Lori Cain is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors serving the greater Tulsa Oklahoma area, including midtown Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Sand Springs and Jenks. Please visit Lori's web site, or call 918-852-5036.

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