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Warm gifts & warm hearts
by Jason Collins
Nov 22, 2013 | 39 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jessalyn Goodman and Renee Trice, both with Child Protective Services, fold coats donated this week to the agency by the employees of Rabe Real Estate. The coats will go to children in the area who need them — just in time for the expected upcoming cold front.
Jessalyn Goodman and Renee Trice, both with Child Protective Services, fold coats donated this week to the agency by the employees of Rabe Real Estate. The coats will go to children in the area who need them — just in time for the expected upcoming cold front.
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BEEVILLE – As many residents brace for winter, there are those who will have to shiver or find makeshift ways to keep warm.

These are often the youngest amongst us.

That is where Rabe Real Estate has stepped in. This time, on their own.

Pauline Rabe said that Rabe Real Estate has purchased 28 coats for distribution by Child Protective Services to children throughout the area.

Anita Martinez, with CPS, was grateful for this donation again.

“Every year, it is a great help for the children who otherwise would not have one,” she said.

Jessalyn Goodman, also with CPS, said that the coats will be going to youngsters, mostly those who have been removed from their homes in Bee, Live Oak, Refugio and McMullen counties.

“We will be giving them out throughout the winter season,” she said.

Rabe Real Estate has been doing this now for 10 or 12 years, and Pauline says that they have no plans to stop.

It started though with the real estate company and the Board of Realtors teaming up and wanting to help.

“The board was trying to do something for the community,” she said.

Pauline began then working with the CPS to get the names and ages of those who might need something to keep them warm and the coat drive began.

“I know how bad it is not to have a coat when it starts getting cold,” she said.

Pauline said that even when she worked at the high school, she remembers seeing children walking around in the winter without coats.

The principal, she said, would find them something to wear.

Many will say that this is the season for giving, and the time to help the less fortunate.

Pauline, in a matter-of-fact tone but with a grandmother’s compassion, offered a different view.

“It’s what life is all about,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be just at Christmas time.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.

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