Local girl does her part to spread the warmth

Date Published: 
January 5, 2018

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Maggie Bare, a third-grade student at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, decided she wanted to help people who needed warm coats, and she is.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Maggie Bare, a third-grade student at Southern Delaware School of the Arts, decided she wanted to help people who needed warm coats, and she is.With temperatures often below freezing these past few weeks, those without a home are in need of warm coats more than ever.

With that in mind, 9-year-old Maggie Bare is doing her part to help.

“My aunt works for a hospital in Maryland, and she was doing a coat drive,” said Bare, a third-grader at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“Her Aunt Ellen works as an emergency room nurse at the University of Maryland,” added Bare’s mother, Betsy. “We visited a couple weeks ago, and she asked our family to bring any extra coats, because they get a lot of homeless people from downtown Baltimore and she likes to give out things to keep them warm. Maggie had talked to her Aunt Ellen and decided she wanted to do something around here to help.”

Maggie’s Coat Drive runs through Jan. 16. She is taking all sizes of coats — new and used. Those interested in contributing may drop off donations at Selbyville Middle School, where Betsy Bare and her husband both work, or at Frankford Town Hall.

“We’re going to take them to the Christian Storehouse,” said Betsy. “My husband contacted someone there who works with five different churches, and they feed the homeless and do a soup kitchen about once a week. So, someone there will be able to give them out to local churches and organizations, to whomever may need them.”

Betsy Bare said that if anyone can’t get to either of the drop-off locations, a pick-up can be scheduled.

“We’re more than willing to come and meet someone somewhere if they want to donate the coats. If they want to come to the middle school, we’re there every day,” she said. “We’re flexible to make it work for someone to donate whatever they can. Once she gets them all, we’ll contact the Christian Storehouse and have them sent out to the local churches.”

Maggie, who started the drive in December, has collected about 15 coats so far.

“It makes me feel nice, because I like making people warm this winter, since I get cold a lot. I like people to be warm,” she said.

Maggie said all kinds of coats can be donated, but she said ones with hoods are especially nice.

“They can be gently used or whatever kind of coat people want to give!”

Maggie said donating to those in need is important, so why not give back if you can?

“It keeps someone warm, and it would be warm. If you’re warm, how about somebody else being able to be warm?”

“Everybody wants to be warm,” added Betsy Bare. “So, if you can help someone else be warm this winter, why not?”

Selbyville Middle School is located at 80 Bethany Road in Selbyville. Frankford Town Hall is located at 5 Main Street in downtown Frankford. To contact Bare about scheduling a pick-up, email her at bdupont8@yahoo.com.