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Urban Mission Coat Drive helps hundreds keep warm

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Urban Mission Coat Drive helps hundreds keep warm
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It's said the holidays are the perfect time to see communities come together and help each other out. That was on full display in Watertown Thursday. Our Brian Dwyer was at the city's Urban Mission as numerous North Country families were helped to have a much warmer winter.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Like many others these days, Gary LaBreck is struggling to get by. The unfortunate reality is that the money for things a winter coat, hat and gloves just is not there. The annual winter coat drive at the Watertown Urban Mission is, for him, a huge relief.

"I think it's very good," LaBreck said. "You couldn't ask for a better place. I think it's wonderful."

The Mission had hundreds of coats, hats, gloves, all the winter gear for adults and children. Volunteers were there to make sure everyone got what they needed.

"It's so important because we all know how bitterly cold North Country winters can be," Urban Mission Critical Needs Coordinator Joanna Fassett said. "Today is a mild day, but we know that's not going to last very long. Pretty soon it'll be very cold again."

The coats, hats, everything came in to the Mission as a donation. Whether it was from a church, a business, or just a neighbor, Fassett said it is amazing to see everyone so many help out.

"They donate generously and that is what lets us do what we do here," Fassett said.

This was something LaBreck wanted to personally thank each and every one of them for.

"I think it's beautiful," he said. "There's a lot of people out there that need clothes that can't afford them. I'm glad that you guys are doing what you do for them."

A struggle made just a bit easier at a time people need it most.

The Urban Mission said it still has a need for any and all donations, especially toys and food, to help brighten people's holidays.

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