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Photo courtesy of Mati Gonzalez
Photo courtesy of Mati Gonzalez
Gabriel Gonzalez organized his second annual "Team Life Changers" coat drive.

With frigid temperatures and a major snow storm leaving New York City shivering to start the new year, one Middle Village student continued his mission to help his neighbors stay warm.

Gabriel Gonzalez, a fourth-grade student at P.S./I.S. 87, organized a local coat drive for the second straight year with his mother, Mati Gonzalez, and the results were even better than expected. They call themselves “Team Life Changers,” and they collected a total of 143 coats at two drop-off locations, P.S./I.S. 87 in Middle Village and Ultimate Champions Tae Kwon Do in Maspeth, according Mati Gonzalez. The coats were then brought to New York Cares, which holds an annual coat drive.

While that was less then the 223 coats collected last year, they also received $750 in donations that was given to One Warm Coat. For every dollar that One Warm Coat receives it provides warmth to two people. Therefore, Mati Gonzalez said that “Team Life Changers” was able to help a total of 1,643 people between the physical coats and the financial donations.

In an email to QNS, Mati Gonzalez said that Gabriel’s goal was just to provide warmth for 230 people so he could help more people than last year.

“He says it’s so awesome and amazing to be able to give people the gift of warmth and knows that it wouldn’t be possible without all of those who supported him,” Gonzalez wrote. “So thank you for making his ‘big, big dream’ come true in a HUGE way.”

 

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