Tulsa football coach wants to give away more than 1,000 coats to students throughout city

TULSA -- Colder weather will soon settle into Green Country, and a football coach would like to give away coats to 1,500 students for the winter. 

Ryan Reed, the head football coach at Memorial High School in Tulsa, also runs a coat company called Gracious Tree. When he started it, he decided that every fleece coat he would sell, he would give another to a child in need. 

"It's a life-changer," he said about his business. "It changed my life." 

This year he would like to distribute 1,500 coats before Christmas to students at three different elementary schools: Walt Whitman, Eugene Field and Kendall-Whittier. 

"For 69 bucks, you get your own coat," Reed said, "and we give a great quality jacket to an elementary school kid there." 

He's now sprinting to collect all the coats by early December, so he hopes others in the community will want to help out his cause. 

"You have a duty to live the best life you can," he said, "and make someone else's life better." 

To learn more about the Gracious Tree coat giveaway, visit this link: http://www.gracioustree.com.

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