A Wagon Full Of Coats: How One 12-Year-Old’s Mission Delivered 1,000 Coats For The Homeless

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Makenna Breading-Goodrich is your typical 12-year-old girl from Phoenix. She goes to school, has plenty of friends and loves to play softball. This special seventh-grader also has an extraordinary mission to help people that started when she was 9. When Makenna has spare time, she collects items for needy people.

Have Wagon, Will Travel


Makenna goes door to door in her neighborhood in Surprise, Arizona, with her red plastic Radio Flyer wagon in tow. She asks her community for a simple request: donate any coats you don’t use for the people who are homeless in Phoenix. The youngster’s logic is fairly simple.

Makenna realized that it can get pretty cold in Phoenix at night, sometimes down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The seventh grader wants the needy folks in her hometown to know that someone cares about them. Makenna’s motivation is rooted in her imagining what might happen if she ended up in a rough situation. “If I was out there, I would want someone to care of me,” she told People magazine.

Serving Others

Makenna pulls her red wagon collecting coats to donate to homeless shelters during the fall each year. Makenna’s lesson in empathy reaps huge rewards for the needy. In mid-December 2015, the intrepid youngster donated 1,000 items to Phoenix Rescue Mission, an organization that provides food, shelter and recovery assistance for people who are homeless.



Makenna’s mother says her daughter discovered the valuable lesson of serving others on her own, and her family is very proud of the work she has accomplished for her community. Behind the scenes of each drive for clothing, Mackenna is extremely organized.

Mad Skills

In late November, fliers go up around her neighborhood, and Makenna hands people a sheet of paper explaining her cause. Once she collects jackets, Makenna sorts them, separating coats for kids and adults and pulling out the hoodies and sweaters.

Makenna makes the time for her coat drive because she cares. She hopes her work inspires others to have the same kind of caring, can-do attitude. In fall 2015, one of her softball teammates took up Makenna’s mantle and started to collect Bibles for needy people. Makenna’s younger brother, 6-year-old Jackson, wants to start a backpack drive in summer 2016. Makenna hopes her Facebook page, Makenna’s Coats For a Cause, will inspire even more people to help.Inspiration for a good cause can come from any where and at any time. If Makenna’s story strikes a chord with you, read about more inspiring people here.

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