As he often does, councilman Mitch Shank enlightened me on a topic last week.
As part of a discussion on another topic at last week's city council meeting, Shank revealed there are students at Havre de Grace Elementary Schools who are showing up in the morning without coats.
So I did what I think most people in Havre de Grace would do—I tried to find out how to help.
And after exchanging e-mails with principal Renee Villareal and teacher/family liaison Kelly Wettig, I think I found a way—I'm using the Patch platform for good.
Find five minutes today to run through that forgotten closet. Check through those bins of winter wear. Look under the bed. Check the attic. Wherever your spare cold-climate gear might be, take a look. Ask your friends and neighbors at the next holiday party. If you can afford to go without it, a child in your city will be better off with it.
Please, give us your spare coats. If you have an extra that your child has outgrown, drop it off. We'll have a box at the city's tourism and information center on Pennington Avenue. I'm also told you can simply drop them off at Havre de Grace Elementary School.
Mrs. Wettig said the school is in need of gloves at this point. Anything that could fit an elementary schooler and has the ability to keep the child warm, it will fit in the box.
Please help keep the youth of our community safe, healthy and happy this holiday season.
Drop by the Havre de Grace tourism and information center this week to drop off your youth-sized coats, hats and gloves.