GENESEE COUNTY — Nearly 600 coats have been distributed to those in need at Catholic Charities Community Closet in Flint, since the coat room opened for the season on October 1, according to a press release. With another cold winter predicted, Catholic Charities invites the community to join them in sharing warmth with those in need, by donating gently used or new winter items. Warm clothing and blankets will be given free of charge to low-income, Genesee County residents throughout the winter months.
“A winter coat and gloves are things many of us take for granted,” said Vicky Schultz, President and CEO of Catholic Charities. “We served more than 53,000 at our Community Closet last year and distributed more than 3,700 coats. If you have an extra coat or gloves that you don’t wear, please share them. No one should have to be cold because they can’t afford a coat,” said. Schultz.
Items needed include new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, mittens, blankets, sleeping bags, or comforters, as well as warm footwear. Children’s items are urgently needed. Monetary donations are also welcome, and all gifts are tax deductible.
Donations are being accepted at Catholic Charities’ Community Closet Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Closet is located in the Catholic Charities Center for Hope, 517 E. Fifth Ave., in Flint. — R.S.