“God knows the plan for my life and as He closes one door another one opens.” When Sue McGarvey retired after twenty-five years as a counselor at Hallsville High School, she found an open door at Longview Community Ministries (LCM). As a LCM board member, Mrs. McGarvey serves on the Development Committee and this year is chair for the annual Coats for Kids event.
Each November, the Broughton Recreation Center is transformed into a “store” as children and their parents select that special coat. During October, participating area dry cleaners serve as collection points for donated new and gently used coats. They also clean the coats at no cost before delivering them to the Broughton Recreational Center. Coats for Kids provides warm coats for school age children and this year will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hats, gloves, and jeans are also available to ensure each child will stay warm during the cold winter months. Last year, more than 1,000 coats were distributed. Mrs. McGarvey said, “To see a child hug a coat that is new to them puts a smile on all the volunteers’ faces.”
Mrs. McGarvey is also active with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and served as a crew member for the Dallas Race for the Cure last year.
“Many in our community use their time, skills, and energy to reach out to our neighbors in a generous and compassionate way,” Mrs. McGarvey said. “Everyone can contribute in some way to the greater good.”
Born in Nashville, Arkansas, Mrs. McGarvey has been a member of the Longview community for fifty-five years. She graduated from Judson High School, received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas in Denton, and earned a master’s degree in counseling at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mrs. McGarvey and her husband, Doug, have been married forty-six years and have two adult children. They also have seven “wonderful” grandchildren who live here in Longview. Mrs. McGarvey is an active member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church where she serves on the Benevolence Committee and with the S.A.L.T. (Sharing, Aiding, Loving, Telling) Ministry.
“Gandhi once wrote, ‘I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.’ This is the day God has given me!” Mrs. Garvey said.