Could You Donate A Coat This Winter?

Coats hanging on pegs

Over the past 6 years St John’s has sent over 1000 coats to people who really need them

20.11.18
Des & Kathy write: “Thank you so much for all your donations to the Coats+ collection. We have taken all the men’s coats and clothing, including more than 100 pairs of new socks and 100 new men’s underwear, to Paul at Reach-Out ministries near City Road. When Des dropped off items on Monday evening, Paul’s room was full of men eating hot supper and Paul showed Des the newly fitted bathroom and shower they now have available at the drop-in.

Can you help this Friday morning (23.11.18)?  We need to do a finer sort of women’s and children’s coats so we can best direct them to where they are most needed.  We need to sort them, then load into cars so I can deliver them. We’re meeting at church at 10.30am and if we can muster 6 or 8 volunteers it won’t take long at all. Just turn up. Small children are welcome to come along.”

13.11.18
Des & Kathy write: “A great big thank you to everyone who brought coats, hats, gloves, sleeping bags, and men’s jumpers, trousers and new socks and underwear last week. It was a great response and we were able to take the first delivery to Paul at Reachout ministries on Monday evening as he held his drop-in session for people who are sleeping on the streets. Paul was so pleased with what we sent. 

It’s not too late! We’re collecting again this Sunday. Please bring men’s, women’s and children’s coats, hats and gloves, men’s trousers and men’s jumpers. Also, new men’s underwear and men’s socks and if you have them, sleeping bags. Please don’t bring anything else. Clothes should be clean (no need to dry clean) and mended. 

Thank you so much for your generosity.”  

Donated Coats were shared out between:

  • 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.

Should we have any coats left they will be donated to the #wrapupbrum campaign run by Birmingham Cathedral.

 

24th Oct 2018 Posted in: News by Fran Varley 0

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