There is a coolness in the air now, which means winter weather is not too very far off. As we venture out into the cold, we need to be mindful of those in our community who do not have a warm coat to protect them from the elements.
Thankfully, for local school children in need, Longview Community Ministries (LCM) will hold their annual Coats for Kids event this coming Saturday, November 13. The distribution will be held from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Broughton Recreation Center. Gloves, hats, and jeans have been added to ensure the children will stay warm this winter.
LCM board member and incoming board vice president, Lee Ratcliff, is serving as chairman for this year’s Coats for Kids event. New, or gently used, coats and jeans were collected at participating dry cleaners during the month of October and LCM volunteers then sorted and organized the donated items.
Mr. Ratcliff began his community volunteer service while still working as a chemical engineer with Eastman Chemical by participating in company sponsored Habitat for Humanity and community-wide cleanup events. In his retirement, Mr. Ratcliff continues his involvement with Habitat for Humanity as a member of the family selection committee. He has also served as an English as a Second Language tutor with the East Texas Literacy Council (ETLC) for the past nine years and is a member of the ETLC training team.
“Now that I have more time, I feel it is important to give back to the community,” Mr. Ratcliff said.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Ratcliff has been a member of the Longview community for 40 years. He attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, obtained his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, and his bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. Ratcliff serves as a member of The Session, the decision making body at Centre Presbyterian Church.
“Longview is a perfect sized city to live and work. It’s also home to some of the most caring and friendly people I’ve ever met,” Mr. Ratcliff said. “It’s a pleasure to team with other volunteers and help our community through it’s numerous volunteer opportunities.”
For more information about LCM Coats for Kids, please call 903-753-3561 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org