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Helping others keep warm

Published on November 28, 2017 2:26PM

Peninsula residents can help their less fortunate neighbors by donating good used outerwear, including coats, vests, sweatshirts and wool hats, for this rack, which longtime resident Karen Harrell installed in the covered alley outside Long Beach Pharmacy. Anyone is invited to donate items; and anyone who needs a coat is able to take one and keep it. Harrell, the retired Long Beach postmaster, borrowed the idea from an online social media post about a woman who did the same thing at her taco stand in Dallas, Texas. Once she had put the racks out, word spread and quality clothing soon appeared; one woman donated five coats. Harrell shrugged off any praise for the project and said she hoped people on the Peninsula continue to donate because there is a constant need for warm outerwear. A similar project may be started in Ocean Park early next year.

PATRICK WEBB/For the Observer

Peninsula residents can help their less fortunate neighbors by donating good used outerwear, including coats, vests, sweatshirts and wool hats, for this rack, which longtime resident Karen Harrell installed in the covered alley outside Long Beach Pharmacy. Anyone is invited to donate items; and anyone who needs a coat is able to take one and keep it. Harrell, the retired Long Beach postmaster, borrowed the idea from an online social media post about a woman who did the same thing at her taco stand in Dallas, Texas. Once she had put the racks out, word spread and quality clothing soon appeared; one woman donated five coats. Harrell shrugged off any praise for the project and said she hoped people on the Peninsula continue to donate because there is a constant need for warm outerwear. A similar project may be started in Ocean Park early next year.

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