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My mother was born in a small town in Chihuahua Mexico to a Mexican mother and an American father. When my mother was very young her father decided it was time to move his family back to the states where it was safer, because there was a revolution going on in Mexico. My grandfather also hoped there might be more opportunities here.
Due to the revolution, they arrived in Southern Arizona with very little to their name other than a few meager possessions and basically the clothes on their backs. They were poor. So very poor, and because they arrived in America at the tail end of the depression, opportunities were still scarce. But at least they were safe. My mother is the little girl with Betty written underneath her. She looks so much like some of my girls.
This small and impoverished family of immigrants, my family, went on to have some very educated and successful children, grand children and now great-great grand children. But none of us have forgotten our roots. My siblings, cousins and I grew up on stories from people who were molded by extreme poverty, hard work and also stories of how the kindness of others helped turn them into the people they are today. If you’ve come from something like that, then giving to others is not considered charity. It is a way of life, and it is just what you do to pay-it-forward. This family tradition of giving to others is something my extended family takes very seriously, and something my husband and I work very hard to pass onto our own children.
I know many of you reading this are also working to instill these same values in your families, and so this holiday season I would like to share one way you can easily give to others. Walmart, Coca-Cola™ and One Warm Coat® are teaming up to help those in need and layer on the love by providing warm coats this winter.
For most of us, when the temperatures drop too low for short sleeves and sweatshirts, we solve the problem by tossing on our heavy jackets. But for the nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a winter coat is something “extra” that isn’t in the budget.
Last year Coca-Cola™ worked with One Warm Coat® to provide a layer of love for over half a million people in need. This year, they’re doing it again and want to make it easier for you to get involved.
My family is totally planning to participate! If you would like to as well, here are a few ideas for how you can help. First hold your own coat drive or bring your family’s old coats and drop them off in the One Warm Coat® bin at your local Walmart. Just double check to make sure that your Walmart is participating, but by helping out this way you can have the comfort knowing that your donation will be making an impact close to home, and helping those in need in your community. This is something I know my family can easily do!
Or you could create a donation event or a host a party with all your favorite people and your favorite Coca-Cola™ products purchased from Walmart! Ask your guests to bring a coat to donate to your local Walmart or ask your guests to text “LOVE” to 501501 to donate $5 to One Warm Coat® !
Because it is always a winning party when you share the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola™ products with others, right?! Plus adding in the element of giving to those in need at your party and you have a double win.
You could also consider sending out an email asking friends and family to text “LOVE” to 501501 to donate $5 to One Warm Coat® . How simple is that?! I have a pretty big email list, and this one I plan to do as well.
Whichever way you choose to layer on the love this holiday season with Walmart and Coca-Cola™, you can take comfort knowing that your generosity will be making an impact to bless the lives of those in need right in your community.
Thanks for stopping in, and good luck in your own efforts to layer on the love!
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