- Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:31
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Forecasters are predicting a cold, wet winter season, and Colonial Beach resident Sherry Lee is helping residents get ready by providing free coats, gloves and scarves for those in need.
“Several years ago, I saw a guy walking in Colonial Beach in the cold weather, and all he had on was a little windbreaker,” said Lee. “We helped him get a warm coat, and he was very happy.”
For the last five years, Lee and several other volunteer Good Samaritans have been collecting donations of clean, warm coats, and giving them out to Colonial Beach residents in October and November, as the weather turns cold.
“We also collect cash donations and buy new gloves and scarves to give to people,” Lee said. “People come in and then leave with good, warm coats. They are very pleased. It is just a good thing to watch.”
The free warm winter coats, gloves and scarves are available to anyone in need at Lee’s restaurant, Sher’s Snack Shack, which is located at 323 First Street in Colonial Beach. The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
“There is no red tape; you don’t have to give us any personal information,” Lee said. “If you are cold, and need a warm coat, we will provide it for free. We also provide free coffee, hot chocolate and snacks for those in need.”
Lee and her group of volunteers have helped keep hundreds of Colonial Beach residents warm over the last five winters. “This year, we still have about 40 warm coats. We also have brand new gloves and scarves and some hats,” Lee said. “And, we are still accepting donations so we can help even more people.”
Among those helping Lee with the Coats for the Cold program is a Colonial Beach group of impersonators called Illusions of the Stars. The group appears at sponsored events in the Colonial Beach area and does impersonations of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Sonny and Cher, and Toni Braxton, among others.
Lee’s restaurant is decorated in ‘50s memorabilia and Marilyn Monroe mementos as a memorial to her father, retired police detective and one time movie stuntman Paul Lee, 76, who was killed in a traffic accident on Route 205 last May.
“It is kind of like a living memorial to him,” Lee said. And, Lee is using the restaurant to reach out and help others who are hurting with programs like Coats for the Cold, so the coat giveaway has become another way for her to honor her father.