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Great Neck Notebook

How Cold Is It?

Last Friday was the coldest day of the winter—19 degrees according to the TV weather reporters. I didn’t want to leave the house, but I had to go to work. As I sat in my car, with the heater blasting, I thought of all the homeless people who spent last night outside somewhere in these bone-chilling temperatures.

I thought of the homeless man who froze to death in a makeshift tent in a wooded area near Huntington last year. I thought of the poor soul who died of hypothermia while he was sleeping in an abandoned car in Glen Cove a number of years ago. And then I thought of the lucky man who is wearing my father’s coat.

That coat had been in our family for more than 50 years, passed down from my father to me and from me to my son Jonathan. Eventually, Jon returned it, and, though the Mighty-Mac was still as warm as ever, stains accumulated over the many years persuaded me that it was time for a new owner. I dropped it off at the INN soup kitchen in Hempstead, confident that it would provide warmth against the winter’s bitter chill to someone who really needed it.

If you have a coat that has served your family well, but is now past its prime, hanging forgotten in the back of your closet, please consider donating it for someone who needs its protection from these frigid temperatures.

We need coats, gloves, hats, scarves and sweaters, in all sizes, from children’s to adult. Donations may be dropped off at 7 Lee Court West, Great Neck, NY 11024. For directions or more information, please call Dave Golbert at 917-418-2451 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Donating a coat or other winter clothing is the surest way I know to have a warm feeling in your heart no matter how low the temperatures plunge.