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My Coat of Many Warm Colors

There is something special about a gift that warms one inside-out. I have been the recipient of many of late that warm me through and through. I found myself fortunate enough to receive such a gift this past week.

I recently moved to a much colder climate than I was accustomed to and found myself in a situation where I could not afford to buy myself an appropriate cold winter wardrobe. Never to fear, friends (and strangers) far and near did not hesitate to fill my needs. Now when the chill of winter blows in the air, I am zipped up warm as toast in my new coat.

Sure, the colorful coat keeps my body warm, stopping the bitter winds from cutting through to my core. Just as important, maybe more so, my spirit is warmed by the heartwarming present from a giving soul. My new warm coat breaks the wind but more importantly -- mends my heart.

It is good to know that there are people out there who care about others, even someone they have not met. Never doubt that compassionate giving is appreciated by those of us who find ourselves in a life place where we have a longer list of needful things than we like to admit. Being needy is a harsh reality softened by the grace of and receiving.

Image Credit » Picture is of me in my coat of many warm colors.

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markgraham wrote on December 17, 2015, 10:17 AM

There are still good people out there that like to help. Glad you are now able to stay warm when you go out.

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 17, 2015, 12:20 PM

In Austin, Texas there is a program that gives coats to kids, free of charge. It is a very nice feeling. My own children have benefited from the this charity work. They do it every year.

VinceSummers wrote on December 17, 2015, 12:20 PM

Humans and courtesy should go together, to be sure. Occasionally, if rarely, they do. But these are "the last days" and an uncaring spirit is much more prevalent.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 17, 2015, 2:01 PM

So glad that you now have a warm coat that is very pretty.

BarbRad wrote on December 17, 2015, 2:13 PM

I love your writing, Ruth. Be sure that I will be sharing this with my networks. I especially love this line: "My new warm coat breaks the wind but more importantly -- mends my heart."

WordChazer wrote on December 17, 2015, 2:40 PM

Not only is that a warm coat, it's bright and cheerful for a winter's day too. Lovely!

MegL wrote on December 17, 2015, 4:55 PM

Moving to a cold climate can be a shock to the system, much more so than the start of winter is to those who live there year round. I am glad you have found a coat that keeps you warm inside and out.

geny211 wrote on December 17, 2015, 5:46 PM

Great coat. All over this planet we can find good people and i am happy because of this. Take care and have a Merry Christmas

RuthCox wrote on December 17, 2015, 6:16 PM

You bet there is, markgraham and I am lucky to be surrounded by so many "helpers" from all over the world.

Paulie wrote on December 18, 2015, 2:53 AM

The coat looks very good on you. Giving to the needy is something we should practice every day of the year and not only at Christmas. After all, it is a work of mercy.

RuthCox wrote on December 18, 2015, 10:31 AM

I have seen the coats for kids in the wintertime in many cities across the country. It is a great program. Good to know your kids have benefited from this warming gift.

RuthCox wrote on December 18, 2015, 7:54 PM

I have to say that I still believe there are more caring people out there than not. I've been fortunate to have had many occasions in my life where "earth angels" have been in abundance. Now, I will also say that I am surprised by the uncaring ones... they are generally the ones I thought I could count on when the chips are down and found that is not necessarily the case.

RuthCox wrote on December 18, 2015, 9:41 PM

Me too and thank you! I think the colors are perfect. I love the purple and the bright teal blue lining is so warm!

RuthCox wrote on December 19, 2015, 11:42 AM

Aww, thank you, Barb! As you well know from the many groups we gather in, I've been given many reasons to be grateful for friends coming to the aid of me and my dog. It is truly heart-mending for us both!

RuthCox wrote on December 19, 2015, 12:15 PM

Yes! I love the coat colors as well. Anything that is cheerful adds warmth to a chilly day!

RuthCox wrote on December 19, 2015, 12:50 PM

The cold is certainly a shock to my old bones! My coat certainly helps keep me warm and the gift is like a bit of sunshine to my spirit, so I shall weather winter just fine.

RuthCox wrote on December 19, 2015, 1:36 PM

Yes, there are plenty of good people all over the world. Merry Christmas to you, too!

RuthCox wrote on December 19, 2015, 1:46 PM

Amen! to your thoughts, Paulie as I do believe the Spirit of Christmas is a year-round thing.

CoralLevang wrote on December 19, 2015, 7:47 PM

and I will say a hearty amen to that one!

crowntower wrote on December 22, 2015, 12:01 AM

This Christmas I e a jacket as an exchange gift to one of my friends at my new job.. and he really like it, it is already cold in the Philippines at night but not as cold in the Western Country heheheh.

RuthCox wrote on December 22, 2015, 9:09 AM

A jacket is a splendid gift for an exchange and it's good he likes it!

bestwriter wrote on January 21, 2016, 11:42 PM

More power to those who give and never talk about it nor make one feel obligated.

Deepizzaguy wrote on January 22, 2016, 7:13 PM

Thank goodness you were able to find a coat that keeps you warm in this extreme cold weather.

RuthCox wrote on January 25, 2016, 5:19 PM

How right you are bestwriter and the person who gave me this coat wanted no public thank you, so the name is omitted from the article. emoticon :smile: