Coat drive organized by 10-year-old starts today

Ashton Bryson of Oak Cliff started her Heat the Homeless coat drive two years ago, when she was 8. It was wintertime, and Ashton saw a homeless person who looked cold.

“She has a tender heart, and we have taught her to take action,” says her mom Charlcye Bryson. “She is empowered to do something rather than be sad about the homeless situation.”

Ashton’s Heat the Homeless drive starts today and runs through Nov. 30. Drop off new or gently used coats, blankets, gloves, hats, sweaters and socks to Bolsa Mercado, 634 W. Davis.

Ashton and her parents will deliver them to local homeless shelters.


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