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Bringing warmth to others

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Curves customers help donate coats

By Michel Northsea

Each holiday season, those who exercise, at Curves in Jasmine Plaza are asked to help others.

Most years they collect food, but this year they did something different.

Hearing Peggy Bradshaw, owner of the neighboring businesses 2nd Chance Consignment Shop, telling other business owners at the West Marion Business Association that she was collecting coats to give to the homeless, Curves owner Sue Minicozzi decided they would help.

 “Almost everyone has a coat in their closet they’re not using,” said Minicozzi.

So she spread the word and the coats came in. So far they collected about 200 coats that will be delivered to homeless shelters and soup kitchens.

Bradshaw has collected coats in past winters on a small scale. With the support of the Minicozzi and others in the WMBA, more coats than ever before were collected.

“There’s a horrible need, especially with the winter we’re having,” Bradshaw said adding they would continue collecting coats even after Christmas.