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‘It can get cold on the streets.’ Annual Bradenton event does more than warm the body

Updated on December 17th, 2020 Written by Turning Points

Volunteers helping with the annual One Warm Coat giveaway to the homeless and low-income on Saturday get ready to start warming the bodies and souls in need. MARK YOUNG MYOUNG@BRADENTON.COM


DECEMBER 05, 2020 02:54 PM

When you have nothing, a simple thing like a warm coat can make all the difference in the world.

It’s one of the simplest charitable events that takes place every year in Bradenton, but the annual One Warm Coat giveaway at Turning Points and organized by Facing Homelessness Bradenton is an example of how an action can warm both body and soul.

“I used to have a home, be married, but lost everything,” said Kelly Teel, who has lived on the streets for 21 years.

A retired veteran, Teel takes responsibility for what happened when he lost his home and family.

“I started drinking and drugging and so be it,” Teel said. “Being homeless is sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad and I’m trying to get off the streets. I’m retired so it’s hard to get that money up. You get tired of being on the streets so you get a motel room for five or six nights and there goes a lot of that money. It’s unfortunate.”

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