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Coat Closet donors, organizers deserve our thanks
We've had a snow or two, most of the leaves have fallen, and high school football season is wrapping up in preparation for basketball.
We take the changing seasons for granted, but throw a little adversity into the mix, and it's a different story.
Those snows can turn into a blizzard, the electricity can fail, and economic hard times can leave any of us out in the cold.
The car breaks down, there's no money for gas and we're forced to walk to work -- or to look for work.
Little things suddenly become important, like keeping warm in the cold.
That's where another service too many of us take for granted comes into play.
The 28th annual Coat Closet and winter clothing giveaway is still accepting coats, jackets and other warm-weather items until 7 p.m. today at the National Guard Armory in McCook.
Barb Ostrum of Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska and an army of volunteers are sorting and arranging the clothing to be given away from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 8-7 Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
There's still time to go through your closet and weed out warm clothing that's still serviceable but which you never wear.
Ostrum, her many helpers and donors deserve our respect and appreciation.
A warm coat isn't everything one needs when facing diversity, but it's a start.