Hundreds line up for help beating the winter chill

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Winter is steadily approaching, and one local organization stepped up to help others stay warm during the snowy season.

Hundreds lined up in Saturday's soggy rain and chilly weather for a chance to stay warm this winter.

Volunteers greeted them at St. Peter Catholic Church with warm coats, hats, gloves and mittens at the 14th annual coat giveaway.

"It's hard to keep up with everything you need, especially if you have an emergency, car breakdown or utility problem, you know. So, anyway, that we can stretch their dollar, it can help," Cindy Engelkamp.

The mission was simply to help those in need.

For volunteers, the day meant a lot more.

Ed Armendariz and his family volunteered for the first time this year. He said he hopes his children will learn a lesson of charity and good will.

"I think it's important to set the example and help them volunteer, so it gives them a perspective on life. I hope for them to have a generous heart, always willing to give to others, always willing to help out others in need," Armendariz said.

His son John is already learning.

"I just like helping others," he said.

The church is grateful for the generosity of volunteers and donors.

"It's overwhelming, the generosity of the people in Omaha. They give really nice coats and some brand new. It makes it easier to put this on," Engelkamp said.

The event wrapped up Saturday afternoon.