Donate a coat to someone who needs it!

Coats hanging on pegs

Over the past 5 years St John’s has sent around 1000 coats to people who really need them. We’d love to send some more this year.

It’s really simple. Sort through your wardrobe for any coat you no longer need. It doesn’t have to be new. It can be any kind of coat (or anything else from the list below). Check it’s clean (but there’s no need to send it to the dry cleaners), not stained, and not damaged, so for example the buttons are sewn on and zips work. Bring the coats to church on either Sunday 12th November or 19th November. Leave the coats in or near the crate in the Main Hall. We’ll collect and sort them, and pass them on to the right people.

This year we’re asking for:
– Coats, all coats are welcome but especially men’s coats and children’s coats for ages approx 3-11 years
– Hats, gloves and scarves, especially for children
– Men’s tracksuit bottoms and jeans

We’re also asking for (new) mens underwear.

Reachout Ministries is based at City Road Methodist Church. Paul Atkin says that winter is a busy time for them and being able to provide warm clothing for someone who is homeless is a vital part of their ministry.

Women’s and children’s coats go to a women’s refuge – a safe place for mums and kids to stay if they have to leave their home to escape domestic violence. Often they’ve had to leave in a hurry, sometimes in the middle of the night, and mums may not have had an opportunity to pick up coats, hats, gloves and scarves to take with them.

Don’t worry about us having too many coats to pass onto these relatively small organisations. Paul has a very large cupboard and stores the coats, giving them out during the year when they are needed. The refuge is linked to a network across the city so any coats they don’t need are passed on to other mums and children.

Thank you so much for helping St John’s do this.

Des Cole and Kathy Lee-Cole

25th Oct 2017 Posted in: News by Emma Orton 0

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