Organization walking streets, giving away coats to those in need
CLEVELAND, Ohio – While most people are keeping warm inside on this snowy and very cold Sunday, Jae Allen and Renina Black are walking around the streets of Cleveland, giving away coats to those in need.
This isn't the first time they've done something like this. They're often taking part in charitable acts with the Giving Life Foundation Renina helped start.
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"We've done a variety of things throughout the year, the Christmas season and the New Year. So at this point, we're really just trying to give back to the community," said Allen. "We have a Christmas coat drive and we have some excess coats, so we figured we'd go out and distribute them to the homeless."
All of the coats were originally donated to them by the Burlington Coat Factory. They have a number of different styles and sizes. Allen said their goal is to get rid of every single one of them.
"We probably have a little over a 100, but since the coat drive started, we've probably distributed about 400 coats," he said.
The team is hanging outside the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Cleveland for now, but they eventually plan to work their way over to East 55th.
If it seems like they have a system in place, they do. The kids are in charge of keeping the boxes organized, while Allen and Black talk to people who may need a coat.
"We're more than grateful to be able to do this for them," said Black.
She said it's nice to see how they react and it only encourages her to keep on giving.
"I'm just the kind of person that would give my last to someone that really needs it more than I do, so whatever I can do to help. This is my team here and they're great. We all have the same kind of heart to help people and we're all just out here trying to help keep them warm," she said.
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