Family Promise giving away winter coats - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/20/09

Family Promise giving away winter coats

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -Family Promise says 1 in 4 families in Lubbock lives below the poverty line.  As part of Homelessness Awareness Week, the organization hopes to provide a little warmth for those in need.

"Coats, hats, gloves, socks, we even have thermal under ware," said Family Promise Executive Director Lisa Karnes.  

Family Promise collected about 2,000 coats in all sizes and styles.  On Saturday anyone can come browse the racks for their new winter jacket. "We don't want anybody to be cold. Come by. We'll try to make sure that they've got some kind of warm clothing for the rest of winter," said Karnes. 

Linda Spears has been hard at work sorting and hanging. "Even if they're not homeless, just anyone that sees the add and wants to come out and get one because there's lots of people that just plain don't have the money to buy their kids coats," she said. 

Spears says she never realized the huge need for programs like this until she retired and started helping at Family Promise. "I just wasn't aware that we had people walking the streets. You know, sleeping on the ground. I really wasn't aware until about three months ago," said Spears. 

Family Promise says there is a great need in Lubbock, and they expect about 1,000 people will go to the Hope House on Saturday in an effort to stay warm this winter. "Our churches are setting up those boxes, and they're fixing boxes to send to Africa and wherever. This is something we can do for our home town," said Spears. 

The coat giveaway is Saturday from 9a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hope House at 15th and Avenue M.

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