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Area organization collecting 300 coats in 30 days for area kids in need

Posted at 3:51 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 17:00:52-05

TULSA -- The countdown is on and a local organization needs your help giving children in need a warm coat this winter. Gracious Tree, founded by an area high school coach, is collecting 300 coats in 30 days.

His persona may seem rough and tough on the field, but off the gridiron, Ryan Reed is a big softie.

“Tulsa has given so much to me that I think it’s good for me to give back," Reed, founder of Gracious Tree said.

Reed is a coach at Glenpool High School and has made it his goal to give area children some warmth this winter.

“There’s a lot of coat drives out there and God bless them,” Reed said. “You get a lot of gently used coats. I feel like Gracious Tree gives a child a new jacket with a tag on it.”

Gracious Tree supports those who are less fortunate, giving out brand new jackets -- something Reed said is huge for kids.

The mission is simple, finding area schools in desperate need of winter coats. Students at Peary Elementary in Tulsa are next in line for a huge coat drop on Dec. 21.

“When I was a kid, you know, we were taught to live the best lives we could live and to make other’s lives better,” Reed said. 

He isn’t doing it alone either. He’s partnered with Tulsa Realty to collect 300 coats in 30 days. 

“This time of year, everyone wants to give and wants to participate,” JoAnna Blackstock, a local realtor said. “I think one of our jobs as givers or community influencers is to let people know where the biggest needs are.”

The hope is to provide kids with not only a coat, but a sense of security, and you can help by purchasing an item from Gracious Tree. 

“Everything that’s purchased one gets matched and we can hit our 300 goal to get all these kids brand new coats for Christmas,” Blackstock said.

If you’d like to help give kids warm jackets you click here.

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