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

Des & Cathy 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.  

It’s really simple:

  1. Sort through your wardrobe for any coat you no longer need.
  2. Check that the coats are clean, not stained, and not damaged ie that the buttons are sewn on and zips work.
  3. Bring the coats to church on either Sunday 11 November or 18 November.
  4. 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)
  • Hats, gloves and scarves for all ages
  • For men: trousers, jumpers, new socks and new underwear.
  • Sleeping bags

Donated Coats will be 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.

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

Des Cole and Kathy Lee-Cole

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

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