Pat Shingleton: "Getting Plowed and Coats for Kids."
In our younger years, a heavy snowfall sent us outdoors. Neighborhood pine trees offered a traditional winter prank.
I would encourage my brother Kevin to stand under the snow laden branches. I would then vigorously shake the branches,
unloading 20 pounds on his head. Another "big snow" treat was “laying-down” on the bank of our front lawn. One of our "scouts"
would target the approaching for the snowplow. Within minutes a pile of snow was on top of us. A similar incident occurred last year in
New York's Hudson Valley. Two boys were accidentally covered with snow and trapped after a snowplow was clearing a parking lot.
The boys were buried for hours and police officers and neighbors saved the youths by digging through a seven foot mound of snow.
We've experienced recent episodes of cold weather with expected periods of cold weather into early April. Years ago we learned of
kids wearing a Pat's Coats for Kids "coat" at the start of school in August. Without air conditioning in their homes they were chilly
in the classroom when the experienced the "A.C." This morning from 5:00 AM until 1:00 PM we will distribute more than 7,000 coats
to 174 schools in our viewing area. Thanks to all who have contributed in a variety of ways. No amount was too small with additional
assistance from our first corporate sponsor, Coldwell Banker One. I couldn't do this without the assistance of PODS of Baton Rouge,
Neighbor's Federal Credit Union, EMR Recycling, The Baton Rouge Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul and Needy of Greater Baton Rouge.
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