Overbeck family leads Beatrice Coat Closet through busiest time of the year
BEATRICE, Neb - As the weather cools off and we head into winter, many are in the spirit of helping those in need.
That includes 13-year-old Waylon Overbeck, and his mom Megan, who run the Beatrice Coat Closet. As Broad Representative, Waylon attends board meetings and reports on coat numbers and needs. As for now, the need is for kids coats.
“We were stocked up pretty good, we’re still good on adult coats, but kids coats are getting pretty slim,” Overbeck said. “We are getting donations in though so that should fill back up.”
Donations can be made at the First Christian Church at Beatrice, where a drop box is set up on the church’s lower level. Many may be impressed at Waylon’s eagerness to be of good nature in spending his free time helping run the coat closet. However, Megan says that’s just [art of their family.
“Our family has always been big into giving back,” Overbeck said. “It was something we started out, where we brought his coats, because he grew out of them so quick.. He then just wanted to start helping me out with it and he’s since started to take it on himself and does the majority of all of the work now.”
Waylon has a simple message as to why someone should donate.
“If you don’t need it, put it to good use,” Overbeck said. “There’s people out there who need it when it’s cold."
The coat closet is open on Saturday's from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Sunday's from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.