Minnie Galloway has been a fixture at Trask Middle School for the last 19 years. Over the course of her career as a crossing guard, she has waved at passing cars, handed out free pencils and school supplies, and made sure that “her kids” were safe and happy.
Now, as the temperature drops in Wilmington, North Carolina, she has set up a free coat rack for any students who might need some warmth during the winter months.
“Some of them come with no (jacket) and just a T-shirt or something, and you know, I’m fussing at them,” Galloway told WECT.
The crossing guard picked up 30 different jackets from the local Salvation Army store in hopes that at least one of the students would benefit from the free clothing.
Galloway says that any coats she is unable to give away will be donated to a local church organization that gives clothing to foster kids preparing for new homes.
Galloway first started receiving praise on social media for her kindness when Kayla Thomas, a teacher at Laney High School, posted a photo of the crossing guard and her coat rack last week.
“It took every ounce of restraint in my body not to put the car in park and get out and hug this woman, to thank her for using her free time to keep our students safe and for giving coats to people who may not have them,” wrote Thomas.
“There is still good in this world, despite what we see and hear everyday,” she added. “People like her give the rest of us hope that we can all live in peace and focus on the things that really matter.”
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