What happened to the coats? Felix reports…

Felix Cole reports back on what happened to the 185 coats which were given by members of St John’s at Christmas time:

“A huge thank you to everyone who donated and collected coats over Christmas. Altogether you donated a staggering 185 coats and a good collection of hats and gloves.

“I took all the children’s coats and some of the women’s coats to a Women’s Refuge in north Birmingham. Women go and live there to escape domestic violence and sometimes arrive at no notice with nothing but the clothes they stand up in.  I was able to ask for their sizes and take them the coats they needed.

“I took the other coats to Paul Atkin at ‘Reachout’. He had all our coats last year.  He runs a drop-in centre each Friday at City Road Methodist Church where homeless people can come and meet, play pool, relax, have a warm drink and get advice. He is in contact with Chris and Clair Dinsdale during the year.

“Paul says: ‘Your coats will keep a lot of guys warm through the winter. We normally see around 130/140 guys each month and all the coats you sent last year are gone.  I think numbers sleeping rough are increasing. We have a GOD talk before lunch each week and a small discipleship group which has 15 attending on a regular basis. They come here and feel like they belong’.”

For more information speak to Felix or email The Church Office or leave a comment in the box below and someone will get back to you.

14th Jan 2013 Posted in: St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 3

3 Responses

  1. Denis Hennigan says:

    Hi Felix, well done on your contiued endevours. It really is great to see such a young man giving something back to those who are in need. You have a good heart and a good way about you, contiue, don’t let any aspect of live change you.

    Let your DNA show through all that you do for others and for God.

    Always remember, if you DO Right you will also Do Well.

    Bless You.


  2. Pam Kimmins says:

    Hi Felix. Good to hear what happened to the coats. I collected a lot from Guide Dogs puppy class, who were delighted to find a good outlet for unwanted items. it will be good to show them your post. I was interested to hear you had hats and gloves. I have been knitting both for the homeless for some years now, and have sometimes had quite a job finding an apropriate outlet. I was also interested to hear that some of the coats went to a women’s refuge. Some of the spare wool I have is fairly bright, and I thought it unsuitable for the homeless. This would be a good use for it. Will you be continuing this ministry next winter?

    Well done for organising and distributing everything. I shall be very glad to help if you need any.

    Every blessing,


  3. Paul Atkin says:

    I just want to express my gratitide to everyone at St,Johns. When Felix first got in touch, I was very impressed by this young man. It has been a real joy to get to know hima little bit ,but just by collecting all these coats has been amazing. Already this year around 100 people have been blessed by your kindness. I on their behalf thankyou. Also we continue to Reachout on a regular basis.

    We have a special event on the 23rd Of March 10.30 at City Road Methodist Church. to which anyone is welcome. You will hear about the work of Reachout, testimonies of life’s transformed by Jesus . Also a time of prayer and worship. It is our Prayer and Awareness day.

    In the meantime God bless you all and well Done Felix.

    Paul Atkin

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