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Church in Wise County holding coat drive

September 28th, 2013 7:14 pm by Stephen Igo

Church in Wise County holding coat drive

Carolyn Wilson, a member of the Spirit and Worship Center near Big Stone Gap, is organizing a coat drive for the church. Photo by Stephen Igo.

BIG STONE GAP  —  According to the Gospels, Jesus told his followers if they have two coats, give one to someone who hasn’t any.

Carolyn Wilson of Kingsport is certainly a believer in those words.

Wilson is organizing a coat drive from her church, the Spirit and Worship Center, located near Big Stone Gap on Back Valley Road not far from Union High School. She hopes to distribute donated coats to all comers on Oct. 26, and right now her greatest need is coat donors.

A coat drive was “something I really thought a lot about last year and just couldn’t get it organized. Each year our church sets goals for the year to serve, and I really wanted to do a community service project and this was it,” she said.

“This year I just felt led. There’s just such a need with the job losses in that area, local businesses closing up, the coal mine layoffs, hospitals  —  there’s just so much (economic) devastation in that area. We can’t do everything, but we can do something.” 

For Wilson, helping people keep warm in a practical way is her something.

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