Coats and Kindness: Car-Fi and Big Al’s Subs Partner to Give Back


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  — It started as a kind gesture to help those in need and the kindness is spreading. 

People have an extra coat they donate it. People need a coat they take one.

It started here at Car-Fi.

“We felt sorry for them and needed to do something for them so this is our way of giving back,” Rick Snelson, Car-Fi owner, said.

We told you last week about the clothing rack and a sign: “Need a coat, take a coat, take one want to help. Leave one.”

After seeing our story, the “sign of compassion”  is spreading from Springfield to Nixa.

“We had the visibility and the space here at Big Al’s so I thought let’s just do it and see if we could help someone,” Allen Willoughby, Big Al’s Subs owner, said.

Willoughby says it has been a huge success and has received a great response from the community. When he saw Car-fi was giving a hand up, he knew the need was there and also knew people in his community would help out.

“You know Nixa is so great about supporting things and supporting us and so we wanted to help give back in anyway we can. And um, Just the idea was created. I didn’t create it but we exercised the idea and did it so I’m just thrilled you know what it’s done. So, hopefully, it’s helped some people out,” Willoughby said.

Back at Car-Fi, the donations and kind hearts keep giving. Carol Jameson also saw our story on Thanksgiving and was moved.

“That’s what its all about you know, helping people,” Jameson said.

Word gets around fast and so do the donations. The Car-Fi owners put a portable building outside the business to store the coats, blankets or whatever donations may come their way. The simple idea has already helped hundreds in our area receive the gift of warmth.

Both businesses encourage others to do the same.

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