Newschannel 6 kicks off 7th Annual ‘Coat and Blanket’ drive.

Newschannel 6 kicks off 7th Annual ‘Coat and Blanket’ drive.

Newschannel 6 kicks off 7th Annual ‘Coat and Blanket’ drive.

Newschannel 6 is asking everyone in Texoma to donate new and gently used coats and blankets. All donations will benefit men, women and children that are homeless or in need at Faith Mission. 

“It’s that time of year where it gets real cold and there is a lot of kids, men and women who come looking for a jacket,” said Korey Campbell, participant in Recovery Program at the Mission. “Today [Friday] we had a guy who came looking for a jacket.”

Korey is a volunteer for the ‘Coat and Blanket Drive,’ he says the Mission changed his life and now he wants to give back to others.

"It's helped me a lot and now I am just trying to help out another person anyway I can," said Korey.

As a child Korey said, he was in and out of the foster care system.

"My mom and dad were both drug addicts. My mom gave birth to me while she was incarcerated; my dad was incarcerated at the time so CPS [Child Protective Services] took me right away."

 An environment of abuse and neglect that he says led him to the streets and the use of drugs.

"I started to sell drugs to make a living. That didn't turn out to well,” said Korey. “I was homeless sleeping in alleys, sleeping in parks, and I didn't know anybody.”

He then turned to the Mission for help and is now in its 10 month recovery program. Korey says this program has helped him grow as a person and form a closer relationship with God.

"They've helped me a lot not just putting clothes on my back. They help me get a place to stay, I eat good every day. They helped me in so many ways more than one,” said Korey. “"I've come closer to God. I've been studying my bible more."

A change Korey says would not have been possible without the Faith Mission on his side. So you never know what impact your donation can have on someone else’s life.

Donation locations and times:

Newschannel 6

Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Located at 3601 Seymour Hwy.

Faith Mission

Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Located at 1300 Travis Street.

The Mission says if businesses or individuals have a large number of coats they are willing to schedule a time to pick those items up. To schedule a pickup, call (940)723-5663.

Stogies Vapor

Tuesday’s between 9am and 7pm, located at 2910 Kemp Blvd, Suite 130.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6