12 Year-Old Arizona Girl Goes Door-To-Door With A Wagon To Collect Over 1,000 Coats For The Homeless

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While most kids spend the weeks leading up to the holidays wondering what they are going to get as presents, 12 year-old Makenna focused more on giving than receiving. This December, she collected more than 1,000 coats and other warm clothes for the homeless in Arizona.


Using a red wagon and going door-to-door to procure the items, Makenna collected, sorted, and then donated all of the items to the Phoenix Rescue Mission, a local homeless shelter, just prior to the holidays. The mission of the seventh grader and her organization, Makenna’s Coats for a Cause, is simple: to make a difference in her community and to show the state’s homeless citizens that someone is thinking about them.

Makenna’s interest in helping out began after she watched a news segment about the challenges homeless people face during cold months. Even in warm Arizona, temperatures can dip into the 30s, and coats, warm clothes, and blankets make a huge difference in helping to provide warmth and comfort for those without permanent shelter. With regard to her philanthropic efforts Makenna says, “I just want people to know that someone cares for them.” 

A 12-year-old Arizona girl spent her holiday season collecting coats for those in need.

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