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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Everson Mayor Ruth Shannon is hoping an initiative she has started will become an annual thing.

Earlier this year, Shannon was driving through town on her way to work when she noticed that some children at a bus stop were not wearing hats or coats.

The mayor began wondering what could be done for those children whose parents or family might not be able to afford outerwear.

With this in mind, Shannon started the Keep Our Kids Warm campaign. A collection of new coats and hats was given out on the day after Thanksgiving when the borough‘s Christmas lights were illuminated.

Without even making it public that she was collecting coats and hats, Shannon was able to pass out 90 combinations not only to children, but to some adults as well.

“All of the coats and hats given out were brand-new,” she said. “I paired them up, sat them on a table inside the fire hall that evening and made an announcement that anyone who might be in need was free to take one.”

The mayor later was told by several individuals how much they appreciated the gesture.

“Next year I think I'm going to start collecting in November,” Shannon said.

She hopes to place a collection box at the post office.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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