This has been a really tough week for me. If you read my column often, you know the one thing that drives me crazy is having to cover the delivery route. I’m just not as good at it as my normal delivery person is.

There are time frames you have to meet and areas you have to know very well. I don’t get to do it often enough to have the best routes memorized and the GPS on my phone is only so good. Then, of course, it got really cold and wet, which makes the job that much more difficult.

However, just as I was starting to get down a little bit, Google sent us a really nice gift for being a highly rated veteran-owned business. It came in the mail and was a really neat coin in a box. I assume it is something they sent out in honor of Veterans Day. Being highly rated online means a lot for a small business, and having some anonymous online business recognize that is really neat.

This week is the Colorful Closets benefit. They are a great organization here in Amarillo. They provide clothing for Amarillo children who need it. Every year they host a benefit where they showcase some of the children they have helped and have them walk down a runway showing some of the great outfits Colorful Closets can provide.

We do everything we can to help support this organization because we truly believe in their mission statement. “To collect, organize and distribute clothing for children and adolescents throughout the Amarillo area. We aim to meet the needs for those in our community, while also ministering to them by spreading the love of Jesus Christ.”

They have through local donations been able to provide children with outfits to 44 of the 55 schools in the Amarillo Independent School District. My wife and I look forward to this benefit every year because it is a fun time.

The organizers always do a great job, and it is usually packed with local folks who want to make a difference in the community, which is harder than it sounds. We have the great pleasure of cleaning a lot of the children’s clothes prior to their outfits being given out.

The organizers take their time and match up several outfits for each child. It is not some random selection of clothes, but each piece is picked to make individual outfits for the children to enjoy and be proud of. I just cannot speak enough about how much I feel this impacts the children in our community in a positive way.

David Koen is an Amarillo native who owns Doche Cleaners and is an active member of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute. Learn more at