TOMAHAWK - Charlotte Andreachi owns the Knot Haus craft shop in downtown Tomahawk. This holiday season, she wanted to give back by helping homeless people in the area.
"It's much worse than most of us think, which is what I found out too," said Andreachi.
Then, she got an idea.
"I had a rack in the back that wasn't being used," said Andreachi.
She put it outside her shop with nine coats on it Nov. 1. A sign on the rack asked those who need one to take one, and those who have extra to leave one.
"I count them just because it's interesting to me [to see] how many are gone in the morning when I come in," said Andreachi.
In just under two weeks, nearly 25 coats have been taken. Meanwhile, individual donations have kept the rack fully stocked.
"That's what's amazing to me. The generosity of the people out there donating coats," said Andreachi. "Obviously there's a need since we've gone through about 25 already."
Andreachi knows first-hand just how tough homelessness can be.
"At one time, I was living out of my car in my early twenties," said Andreachi. "That was in the summertime. I just cannot imagine in the wintertime trying to stay warm."
Andrea Krueger serves as the President for Tomahawk Main Street. She's also a good friend of Andreachi's. She's more than happy with how the community has responded to the coat drive.
"We're very fortunate here in Tomahawk to have a community with open hearts that's willing to give when needed," said Krueger.