Coats for Kids volunteer helps man get new winter coat | News
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- We all know the importance of the 'Coats and Toys for Kids' Campaign, but sometimes it helps us all understand a little better when we can put a human face to what is a very real need. That's why earlier this week we went down to the coat pick up room at the Salvation Army in Bangor where we met Dave Woodard and Katrina Ireland.
Dave walked into the coat room wearing a jacket much too thin for a cold Maine November day, so Katrina Ireland, a volunteer at the Salvation Army, helped him pick out a new one.
"What about this one?" she asked "Timberlake, that looks manly."
"It's good it works," answered Dave. "The old one was more or less a leather jacket it didn't keep you warm. You feel cold air into it."
For Katrina, there's a lot of satisfaction in helping Dave, especially since she knows what it's like to need help. Last February, she says she was let go from a job she had for 17 years.
"I was working 60-80 hours a week supporting three kids, so it was devastating."
So Katrina, who remains unemployed, also received some coats from the 'Coats and Toys for Kids' Program. Now she volunteers six days a week at the Salvation Army, sometimes in the soup kitchen and other times helping people find a coat. Sometimes they're coats for kids, but sometimes for adults like Dave.
Top Bangor Stories
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- Mattawamkeag suspends fire chief over possible misuse of funds
- Chicken Stew and Ployes Dinner in Honor of Our Veterans
- Compassionate Communication Panel Discussion To Be Held At Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center
- East Millinocket school board narrowly approves bond vote for high school
- 8 Miles Apart: A Look Inside School Consolidation for the Katahdin Region
- Maine Sports Hall of Fame to induct Skowhegan field hockey coach
- Raymond native induced to US skiing Hall of Fame
- Budget Cuts Slash Senior Center Hours of Operation
- University of Maine at Farmington Features Reading by Maine Author Monica Wood, April 11
- Somerset County feuds with state over payment for jail