OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Local homebuilder, Taber LeBlanc, is in the business of providing shelter for people around the Oklahoma City region. But in the past few years, he has expanded his efforts to offer warmth as well. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161119/NY49929 LeBlanc's company, Homes By Taber, recently completed its annual coat drive to benefit City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City. This year's contributions totaled than 709 coats, doubling last year's collection. The coat drive began on a small scale a few years ago, when LeBlanc, an Edmond native, heard about some foster children who not only lacked winter coats, but didn't even have blankets for their beds. He purchased new coats and bedding for the children. The experience opened his eyes to a need in the area. The City Rescue Mission helps thousands of people each year, from serving meals to providing shelter. Last year alone, they served more than two million meals. The mission provides a women's shelter, family shelter, the Bridge to Life recovery program, weekly medical clinic, and educational facility. At any given time, about 50 to 60 children live there. When the 2016 coat drive was launched, City Rescue was "home" to about 70 children. "With so many giving people in our community, there's no reason someone should go without a coat this winter," said Taber. "Every coat will make a difference in someone's life, and I'm thankful that hundreds of children and adults will be a little more comfortable because of the contributions we received."