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Meet a Family Your Coats for Kids Donation is Helping This Winter

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PASCO, WA. -- We still need winter coats! Our Coats for Kids Drive is in full swing, and we need your help to provide a coat for a child in need. 

You probably hear us saying again and again, "donate to our Coats for Kids Drive!" Well we say it because it really makes a difference.

And what better way to tell you about the difference it makes, than to just show you? 

Ask any mother, many of them will tell you they'll do almost anything to provide for their children. 

"They mean the world to me," Janel Gonzalez said. 

Sometimes, that means coming here, to the Salvation Army. For Janel Gonzalez, this is the last place she wants to bring her three boys today.

"I don't want to have to come here," Gonzalez said. "I want to be able to support my kids and not have them see this."

But being a single mom to four energetic kids, she says for now, there is no other option. 

"Right now it's a true blessing to have this help because we don't really have food and we don't have coats and we don't really have help," she told us.

As the temperatures continue to drop, mothers like Janel are able to pick out just one winter coat per child through the Coats for Kids program. These are the faces of the people your donations will help. And the Salvation Army says there has been a steady stream of coats so far, but there's always a need for more. 

"It's that child," Anet Medina of the Salvation Army said. "That child is probably waiting at the bus stop with just a little hoodie. They could have that coat. So just donate."

For all those who have donated already, Janel wants to say 'thank you.' 

"We really, really appreciate it," she said. "And God bless you. Because there's a lot of families who don't have it. And it's more than a blessing."

She has high hopes for her boys, who are anything but camera shy. Soon, she starts a new full time job. And just like any mother, she wants her boys to have a better life than she had. 

"I hope they go to school, stay in school, go to college and be successful," Gonzalez said. "Anything that they don't have to go through this kind of stuff."

At NBC Right Now, we urge you, for families like the Gonzalez's, please donate to help them through the cold winter months. 

The best part, is we've made it easy for you! We've put these blue bins all over Yakima and the Tri-cities. Go to our homepage on this website and click on the Coats for Kids tab at the top of the homepage. 

There you can find the dozens of bin locations! 

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