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Great Neck Notebook: November 19, 2009

When Cold Winds Blow

Years ago, when my dad moved to Florida because he couldn’t deal with New York winters, he gave me his favorite cold weather coat—a Mighty-Mac. It was a great coat, with a fur-lined hood and deep pockets on both sides. No matter how low the temperature got, I felt warm and secure in my Mighty-Mac.

One winter, my son Jonathan, who was attending school in Rhode Island, came in for a visit and I could see right away that his “winter” coat was inadequate. As much as I loved my Mighty-Mac, I gave it to Jon. Fast forward five years: Jon moves to Seattle and gives me back the coat. Unfortunately, all those years of wear, father to son to grandson, had left the Mighty-Mac looking a little shabby, with the stains and wear of nearly a half-century of loyal use.

The next year, I gave that coat to The Interfaith Nutrition Network, so one of their guests who didn’t have a good coat could have a warmer winter. I missed the Mighty-Mac; we’d been through a lot together, but I felt good that it was still out there, providing warmth to someone who needed it.

If you have a warm coat that’s seen better days, please consider donating it so someone who needs a good coat for a cold winter day will have one. If you have an extra coat in your closet that no one has worn recently, consider giving it someone who’ll appreciate it. If you have an extra scarf, an extra pair of gloves, a warm hat, a sweater that hasn’t been out of the closet for years, please consider passing these things on to those who don’t have what we have.

Clothing donations may be dropped at 7 Lee Court West, Great Neck, NY, (off Middle Neck Road, two blocks north of Steamboat Road). For directions or more information, please call 917-418-2451 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We are happy to provide receipts for tax purposes for those who want them.

It’s a good feeling when cold winds blow and you know you’ve made winter a little warmer for someone in need.