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By DUSTIN SAFRANEK
Daily News Staff Writer
When Saxman City Hall united with Cape Fox Corp. on short notice Sunday afternoon, they mustered together the first of an anticipated annual event, which outfitted 39 children from 14 different households with a new winter jacket, hat and a pair of gloves.
City of Saxman Mayor Frank Seludo, Cape Fox Corp. President Clifford Blair, Saxman City Administrator and City Clerk Lori Richmond, and Finance Clerk Roxann Byron gathered in a waiting area near the entrance inside Saxman City Hall, which they stocked with chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate — the perfect combo for a cold November day.
In the center of the room was a small double rack that suspended all 39 coats purchased with a $1,500 grant from Cape Fox Corp. Most were bundled together in groups for households with multiple children, and some were tied in a bundle of six. The bundles were multi-colored, multi-patterned, and, when neutrally observed, mimicked a pyramid, slope, or a timeline.
The hour-long pick-up time was more than enough time for the event and households arrived at random, but generally separate. Most adults were accompanied by the child that was receiving the jacket. Richmond and Byron welcomed and addressed each by name, then they retrieved the coats and watched the reactions, which sometimes distracted the pair from offering the hat and gloves to go along.
Richmond indicated that there were more boy than girl applicants, and that the local supply of boys’ jackets was limited and harder to find than girls’ jackets, but they were able to single-handedly pluck each coat for each order within a two-week advance.
“Now that we know its a success, I’m hoping that Cape Fox will continue to support it, and we can make sure everyone has a coat,” said Richmond.
Richmond also stated that without the help of Deb Tavares going door to door with applications for the jackets, she would never have been able to make the two-week deadline, which she wanted to be Nov. 24, “before it starts to get cold.”