Evans collecting coats for kids

By Frank Lewis

November 20, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Abby Evans is a student at Shawnee State University, which means she has a very busy life. However, she is not too busy to notice something going on around her.

“My mom works at CAO (Community Action Organization) Head Start, and she was talking about this little boy who only had two outfits, and his shoes weren’t covering his toes, and he didn’t have any socks, and they helped him out,” Evans said. “But there were still a lot of kids like that that didn’t have anything to wear this winter.”

While she was moved emotionally, as she always is when she sees poverty, she didn’t have the money necessary to purchase the coats the children need for the cold weather ahead.

“I figured I would try to do something to help out a little bit, even if it wasn’t very many of them,” Evans said.

She turned to Living With a Cause, an organization headed by Pastor Mike Gifford, that works within the community and across the nation to help various causes.

“I asked them if I could put their name on it because I didn’t want to be just some kid walking around asking for money,” Evans said. “So I’m doing a coat drive and I’m trying to get businesses and just people, anybody that will help to donate new coats or money to buy them.”

Evans said she is going to collect until Dec. 15, then take the money she has raised and purchase the coats, based on the names and sizes given to her by area schools.

“I have talked to my old high school, Clay High School, where Amy Gifford works at Wheelersburg, they said they have a couple of them (students) they want to help out,” Evans said. “And my mom, where she works (CAO Head Start), I have a list of kids who need them there.”

To contact Abby about her coat drive, call her at 740-464-8661.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.