Nine-year-old launches coat drive

140107 Noah Witt coat drive for MCEAWhen nine-year-old Noah Witt learned from his mother, Lia Witt, of an extreme need for coats for clients of Montgomery County Emergency Assistance (MCEA), he burst out, “Mom, we can keep people warm!” And they immediately boxed up their outgrown coats and donated the first batch of coats to what ultimately became a major coat drive.

Lia Witt, an employee of Sam Houston Electric Co-op (SHECO) has worked with MCEA helping to provide services to MCEA clients through a partnership with SHECO to help pay for electricity. In a routine call to restore electric service to one of the clients, she learned of the dire need for coats, and the rest is history!

Sharing their mission with Lowe’s in Livingston and other SHECO employees, they managed to collect 68 coats in a month’s time and were able to donate them to MCEA shortly before Christmas. With temperatures in the teens and 20s this week, the coats were definitely put to good use.

140107 Noah Witt coat drive2Margie Taylor, MCEA Director of Marketing & Development, said “We are so very proud of the outstanding contribution that Noah has made to our community and encourage others to follow Noah’s lead.”

There are always great needs for coats and clothing, as well as grocery items, and donations for their resale store. Contact Margie for additional information at 936-539-1096, Extension 224.

Montgomery County Emergency Assistance is a nonprofit agency that has been in service to the community since 1981 offering real life solutions to our Montgomery County neighbors facing a temporary financial crisis with assistance for rent, utilities, food, clothing, and other basic needs. MCEA focuses on building stronger client relationships, assisting families in establishing attainable goals, assessing community resources and gaining skills to help clients become successful.