Recently NewPointe Community Church started a campaign called 2 coats. This idea came from one of our creative staff members in our children’s department. We partnered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters on the goal of coming up with 300 coats. That was the beginning of some amazing stories. Let me share two stories that have challenged me and encouraged me. I want to introduce you to two young boys; Alex who is 7 years old and Dominick who is 6 years old.
Alex made the decision to start saving money earlier this year to donate to the church to help buy a playland at the Canton Campus. He diligently saved all the money that came his way and had built up a nice stash of $101.01. While talking with his parents about the money, he thought that maybe instead of saving for the playland, he could use the money to buy coats for the 2 coats campaign His parents thought that was a great idea, so they went to Old Navy to buy some coats. After he purchased the coats someone else from the church found out what he did and called Old Navy to let them know about Alex and NewPointe Community Churches 2 coats campaign. Old Navy loved the story and agreed to give a 30% discount on other coats our church would purchase the following week. They called the discount the Alex Discount. They also talked about making a donation to 2 Coats as well. The same person that called Old Navy also called Fox 8 in Cleveland and they loved the story as well and are coming down this week to interview Alex and Old Navy. Amazing how one child can make such a big difference.
Dominick also has a great story. He is turning 7 on November 27th. While his parents were planning his birthday party, he told them that instead of presents from his friends he wanted to make a donation to a local good cause. They started looking for some place to make a donation and they had several options, but then the church announced the 2 coats campaign. Dominick immediately thought it would be great if his friends would bring coats instead of presents and he would donate them all to the program at church. They mailed out invitations announcing the coats donations and had a chance to share with several parents that Dominick had thought of this himself and about NewPointe and the vision to help people in need.
These two boys are great examples to us all about being generous and showing compassion to other people in need. I am sure there will be more to each of these stories and there are many others brewing as a result of one idea that inspired many others to be generous. We collected money to buy more coats at Old Navy over the weekend, and will be announcing that total this coming weekend along with the update on how many coats we have been able to give to Big Brothers & Big Sisters. The campaign runs until November 27th, so their is still time to join in. To contact NewPointe click Here