Maria Mendoza and several of her friends set out with plans to make sure no one in the community went cold during the holiday season, but quickly discovered that real-life Grinch’s also exist this time of year.
“I decided I want to do this for our community as a pay it forward,” Mendoza said.
The idea was a simple one, to have people donate new or used coats to place on a coat rack for those who may be without one in the cold winter months. So, Mendoza and several friends set up a communal coat rack outside of a Bend business.
“We will keep filling in the rack and if people need one they can take one,” said Mendoza, “if they can donate they can leave one.”
Unfortunately, their act of kindness went unappreciated. Just days after they first set up the coat rack, it had been destroyed and Mendoza found coats and jackets strewn here across the lawn and parking lot.
“We don’t know what happened!” said Mendoza. “It was fine and then in the morning the rack was on the floor.”
The rack was only up for four or five days before it was destroyed, but despite the unfortunate situation, Mendoza says they plan on creating a new rack as soon as possible.
“We are very blessed to have a coat, to have a home and there are some people out there who don’t have a home or have a coat. It’s a way to give to the community, help those with less fortunate than we are,” Mendoza said.
She is asking that anyone who is able to help build a sturdier coat rack contact her at 541-408-4388.
You can also contact Mendoza if you’d like to donate a coat. It can be new or used, but in good condition.