Get those unused winter coats out and put them to good use.
East Central Illinois still is enjoying mild weather, but that won't last for long.
That's why various groups throughout our area are resuming what has become something of a yearly ritual — collecting lightly used winter coats, gloves, hats, etc. to redistribute to those who don't have their own.
On Saturday, Santas Anonymous will be collecting winter coats in the parking lot of NewWave Communications in Westville. It's the 36th year Santas Anonymous has engaged in this worthy pursuit. Last year, it distributed nearly 300 coats to needy people, mostly children.
Meanwhile, at the First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, church volunteers also are collecting coats in conjunction with the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center. Donations can be turned in at Westminster Hall as part of a Children's Winter Clothing Collection.
Doubtless, there already are or will soon be other coat collection drives aimed at helping people — either young or old — who are not fortunate enough to be able to provide for themselves.
All it takes to join in is to peek into the closet, determine what can be spared and drop it off at the right place.
You don't have to wait for a coat drive either. Local assistance groups including the Salvation Army or Salt & Light gladly accept donations any time of the year.
It's a great opportunity for people with more than they can use to share with those who have less.
There is nothing so rewarding as making a positive difference in another person's life. So help out if you can. This is one of those rare occasions where both the donor and the recipient will be warmed by generosity.