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Tabler says she’s never been one to take handouts, but this winter she made an exception because her family fell on hard times. Tabler says she’s never been one to take handouts, but this winter she made an exception because her family fell on hard times.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Raising four grandchildren is never easy, but it’s that much tougher for Carlyne Tabler this winter, without the ability to buy coats for the kids.

Tabler says she’s never been one to take handouts, but this winter she made an exception because her family fell on hard times financially and she couldn’t afford jackets to keep the kids warm.

So they turned to their local community center, but they were clean out of coats due to high demand.

“I was devastated,” Tabler said. “It’s embarrassing enough asking for help.”

Right now the kids are bundling up with several sweatshirts. The youngest, Ryder, has the early stages of pneumonia because of exposure to the cold. So the whole family is avoiding going outside.

“I failed them,” she said. “I shouldn’t have to depend on anyone other than myself.”

Lucky for them, the Salvation Army says they can help.

The local philanthropy says they can provide vouchers for jackets for both children and adults. They also take donations if folks around the Inland Northwest want to help families struggling to get through the winter.

You can visit the Spokane Salvation Army at 222 E Indiana Ave or reach them at 509-325-6810

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