By: Brittany Paris
As temperatures dipped below freezing, almost 2,000 winter coats were given to the homeless. Thousands of coats lined the tables of the People's City Mission. The homeless were happy to have Raising Cane's show they care.
It seems to be just in time, too, for people like Malinda Douglas who recently moved to Nebraska from Indiana.
"It's good because I didn't have one and it's cold," Douglas said. "Snow's not here yet, but I know it's coming."
Raising Cane's is the largest coat drive each year. They have donated more than 7,000 jackets since 2007.
This year, Raising Cane's has been collecting coats since Oct. 1. They had a goal to collect 1,500 jackets, but surpassed that by raising over 1,600 coats. They also raised 455 dollars by rounding up checks at Raising Cane's counter.
"We were a little nervous at first because the weather has stayed so warm," said Justin Jones, Raising Cane's owner. "So we're glad people decided to go through closets and help the cause."
Pastor Tom Barber said The Mission is always in need of coats and anticipates guests going through 8,000 this year. Raising Cane's donation helps with this.
After guests of The Mission choose their coats, the leftovers will be taken to the Homeless Prevention Center on Monday. 18,000 to 20,000 people use the center. Pastor said they can still use more coats.
"This is a big start. This is a good big start of what we need," said Barber.