By: Lauren Fabrizi
For the past month, Raising Cane's has been accepting donations for their annual coat drive. Those coats were passed out Friday at the People's City Mission shelter.
It started as a small coat drive back in 2007. Now, Raising Cane's in Lincoln raises nearly 2,000 new and gently used coats every fall for those in need.
"They got brand new coats, two of them got brand new coats and the other one got a really warm coat that they needed," mission resident Beth George said. "So it means a lot because we didn't have them before."
Lincoln Raising Cane's owner Justin Jones said it's amazing to see how much the coat drive has grown since it started six years ago.
"You really grasp what 1,700 coats look like on a table," Jones said. "And really what that's going to benefit and who that's going to benefit."
But the Raising Cane's coat drive doesn't provide for only those at the shelter. The rest of the coats will be taken to the mission's prevention center next week.
Pastor Tom Barber of the mission is thankful Raising Cane's can help hundreds of families across Lincoln stay warm year after year.
"Having coats right now as the weather is changing is really, really valuable to us," Pastor Barber said. "And just hats off to Raising Cane's. They did a great job and it's a great service to the community."
If you're part of a family in need, you can stop by the mission's prevention center on O Street to pick up a coat starting next week.