When you donate to PATH’s Coats for Kids program, you do so much more than help a child stay warm. You make a difference in their future.
Brelsford Personnel is proud to be a drop-off location for the Tyler coat drive because we know it’s not just about outerwear. We support PATH’s program to invest in tomorrow’s leaders and show we’re a community that cares.
Tyler’s Most Outstanding Citizen
This year, like every year since 1952, the Tyler Chamber of Commerce presented the W.C. Windsor Award to Tyler’s most outstanding citizen under the age of 40. This year’s recipient was Yaziri Orrostieta.
The 34-year-old University of North Texas graduate has a master’s in business administration in international marketing with a certification for doing business in Mexico and Latin America.
Yaziri is marketing director at Heritage Land Bank and when she’s not working, she’s making a difference.
She has served on the board of the Hispanic Business Alliance, chaired the entrepreneur committee of the Hispanic Professional Association of Tyler and was an advisory member of Tyler Police Department’s Hispanic Outreach program.
Why does this young professional feel so driven to give back? When Yaziri was a child, she came to Tyler from Mexico with her family. Her parents struggled, and sometimes they needed help to provide for their children’s needs. Yaziri says PATH and Coats for Kids played a part in both her professional success and her heart for the East Texas community.
“It wouldn’t have happened if this weren’t a giving community,” she said when she received her award. “I’ve always said the reason I give back is there was some day, some leader, one day that chose to give, and my family was a beneficiary of that giving heart.”
Coats for Kids and Tyler Business
PATH Executive Director Greg Grubb says Yaziri’s story isn’t the only one. “My staff gave me a report about a young man who managed a large restaurant in town whose mother died in Mexico,” Greg said. “His father brought him to be raised by family here. His family worked hard and they paid their taxes, but he needed a coat. He didn’t have one coming from Mexico. He says the PATH coat drive is where he got one those first few years.”
Greg tells of another business owner who contacted PATH wanting to know how he could help. Volunteers explained how he could offer his business as a coat drop-off location or sign up to help with coat distribution. Then the businessman revealed why he was so driven to participate. He said when his family came to town, the only way he got a coat was through Coats for Kids.
“Coats for Kids is about more than just keeping somebody warm, which is important,” Greg finished. “It’s the act of kindness that’s the really touching part of this.”
How You Can Help
East Texans can participate in the Coats for Kids drive in a variety of ways.
- Provide coats — Drop off a new or gently used coat at drop-off locations like Brelsford Personnel. You can also click the “Donate” button on PATH’s page and they’ll buy coats for you.
- Help prepare for coat distribution – PATH starts setting up for the November 17 coat distribution several days ahead. Every year they hand out more than 1,000 coats, and that takes work. You can volunteer to help with moving, sorting, lifting and setup.
- Volunteer November 17 – At North Tyler Development Academy PATH sets up 10 stations, each manned by volunteers. They call families one at a time and talk to them about sizes and color preferences. Then they go to the coat storage area and choose the best ideas for that family, usually bringing back armloads of coats. It’s a meaningful, uplifting experience to help so many families in need.
The best coats to give are the heavy, insulated type. During months the weather is only cool and damp, kids can get by with layers. What they need for bitterly cold days is an actual winter coat.
The coat you donate could go to the next Yaziri, the next Tyler business owner or young professional. They’ll be leaders tomorrow, but today they need you. Your contribution can make a deep impact. Bring donations to Brelsford Personnel at 3600 Old Bullard Road Suite 301, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.