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Coats for Christmas drive brings warmth to needy

December 19, 2000

Coats for Christmas drive brings warmth to needy



Editor's note: This is the eighth in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others.

By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Coats for ChristmasCLEAR SPRING - When Sharon Thompson Shupp sends her children off to school during the winter months, she knows they'll be warm in their coats and gloves, she said, but she realizes others aren't so lucky.

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To help those in need of warm outer wear, Shupp and her sister Robin Thompson Shirley organized a "Coat for Christmas" drive.

The women collected clean coats, gloves, hats and scarves of all styles and sizes from the public that will be distributed to the needy today.

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Shupp said she was moved to action after the temperatures dropped into the 30s recently.

"I felt the need to help the community," said Shupp, a Clear Spring native.

Shupp and Shirley are both daughters of the late Donald Edwin Thompson and operate the funeral home in Clear Spring that bears his name.

"I want to help bring cheer and warmth to someone over the holiday season," said Shupp.

The sisters' goal was to collect coats of many sizes to help children and adults stay warm this winter.

The donations were dropped off at the Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home of Clear Spring from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15 and then sorted.

The coats were given to representatives of local churches, schools and community groups that contacted Shupp, she said.

Prior to the drive she said she was unsure how many coats were expected to be donated and how many people they will be able to help.

The coats will be available to anyone in need today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home.

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