NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Across the Tri-State Area, many families are celebrating Christmas with the gift of giving.
In the spirit of the season, they’re volunteering.
Leroy Mace’s Christmas blessing came when he got a coat.
“It’s like the personal touch from the hand of God,” Mace told CBS 2’s Don Champion.
Mace, a recently laid off teacher, hit hard times and now is homeless.
He was among dozens of people who got the chance to get new coats at the New York Rescue Mission.
“Most folks may take that for granted, but if you’re cold for a while, and you’re shivering, you’ll be grateful for being warm,” Mace said.