CLEVELAND-- About 100 children will be warm this winter, thanks in part, to FOX 8’s own Wayne Dawson. The foundation he created along with his brother teamed up with another charitable organization to provide winter coats to children who need them.
The children proudly received new winter coats on a frigid Saturday afternoon from the Annie L. Dawson Foundation and the Fairhill Partners.
"We're here today with 75 coats, they gave us the names and the sizes so we went shopping, picked out the coats and I'm just hoping they fit," Dawson said.
"My wife was driving through the city of East Cleveland. I'm at work, she calls me with a concern: She saw so many kids walking to school without coats... I told my brother and that's something that we immediately said we want to get involved with," said his brother William Dawson.
Fairhill Partners donated about 30 more coats, given to children who are being raised by their grandparents, like Peggyellen Faulkner.
"I'm a grandmother, I'm single, I'm raising my two boys. Money isn't always available, so with this coat give away it assures me to have clothing for them to stay warm," said Faulkner, who is raising her two grandsons.
Roy Gay is a grandfather raising four grandchildren, ages 7 to 10.
"He took care of me ever since I was a baby," said his 10-year-old granddaughter Alexandria.
"To me, it means that all is not lost. It means to me that there is kindness and generosity in the world," Gay said.
"It's nothing like seeing the smile on a kid's face when we give them the coat. They're so happy. They're so grateful," Wayne Dawson said.
"We know the importance of family. We know what it's like to be raised by a single parent, so we're just here to help," William Dawson said.