12-Year-Old Goes Around Her Neighborhood Asking Jacket Donations for the Homeless


Makenna Breading-Goodrich may only be 12 years old, but she has already set out to make a difference in her community. For the past four years, the seventh grader has gone around her neighborhood of Surprise, Arizona, collecting jackets for the state’s homeless population.

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The organization is called Makenna’s Coats for a Cause. She works hard to make sure that the homeless people of her community stay warm during the harsh desert winter in Arizona.


Makenna explains, “It gets really cold around here at night, like 30 degrees, and I want to make sure homeless people aren’t walking around without jackets or blankets at night. I just want people to know someone cares about them.”


The coats were dropped off at the Phoenix Rescue Mission, a shelter that provides food and other items for the homeless people. Over 1,000 items were donated to the charity.


Makenna says receiving a thank you makes her effort worthwhile. It means a lot that those who have nothing are grateful for the items that she provides. She has a smooth coat collection process.


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