WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Standing by the road in a bright reflective jacket and rhinestone hat, Minnie Galloway is hard to miss.
After serving as a crossing guard for nearly 20 years, she says her job goes beyond helping Trask Middle School students across the street.
“They tell me different things, and you know I feel like maybe that’s a sounding board for them. You know I give them a smile or whatever,” Galloway said, “That’s the best part of it.”
On the first day of school, Galloway brought pencils and notebooks to hand out to students in case someone didn’t have what they needed. On rainy days, you may see her handing out umbrellas.
When the temperature dropped on Wednesday, Galloway set up a coat rack with a dozen coats, offering them to any student who looked cold.
“Some of them come with no (jacket) and just a T-shirt or something, and you know I’m fussing at them,” she said.
Galloway picked up almost 30 coats from the Salvation Army. She said that many students are too proud to take them, but that if one child gets what they need, it would be worth it.
A photo of Galloway next to the coats has been shared hundreds of times. She said she was shocked to see the act get that kind of attention.
“You know you never know who’s looking, I never thought anyone was paying attention,” she said.
If Galloway doesn’t give them all away, she said she will donate them to a church that prepares bags for kids entering foster care.
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