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NFL legends and community support make Lewis Johnson’s Packing Party a success

Lewis Johnson with couple dropping off bags of coats


It was a cold Sunday morning but the turnout was amazing at A Touch of Paris in Grapevine, Texas, for the sorting and packing of new and gently used coats, gloves, scarves and hats to be shipped to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Seven-time NBC Olympic commentator and ESPN reporter Lewis Johnson’s World-Class Coat Drive was a success thanks to the support of the community and help from Super Bowl champion Rickey Dudley and three-time Super Bowl champion Russell Maryland. Johnson exceeded his goal of 500 coats by noon on Sunday with more being dropped off at the end. The initiative will go to benefit the New York Cares 24th Annual Coat Drive and the Boys & Girls Clubs giving relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. No one was more pleased than Johnson with the results of the drive and the efforts that were made from everyone involved. In New York covering the New York Marathon at the time, Johnson was able to see firsthand the devastation not only to the area, but to the fragile lives that were so greatly affected and felt this was something that he could do to make a difference.  –michael savoie