Lead by Beth Felix who oversees Community Outreach for FOM, the Warm Winter Clothing Drive collected and distributed a wide range of coats and clothing to families in need throughout our District.
Message from Beth: What amazing community I live in, I cannot thank everyone enough for donating to the warm clothing give away. We were able to help so many families today. And thank you Canaan Fire Department for allowing us to use your meeting room. Thank you to all my volunteers Elizabeth J Rizzo, Sara Dunkerton, Kate Plumley Stewart, Jerusha Nelson Howard, Kaylee Felix, Ariana and Kat our new FOM intern. I could not have pulled this off without all of you. Seeing a child walk out of the station with the biggest smile on his face excited to go to school Monday and show his friends his new sneakers and jeans makes it all worthwhile.
Donations were down significantly this year due to unseasonably warm weather. We realize it is hard to pull out and sort winter clothing when it is still 80 degrees some days. As our area cools down and you have a moment to sort your warm winter clothing and coats, please consider setting aside unneeded, modern items in gently used or like new condition for our Annual Warm Winter Clothing & Coat Drive to be held in 2018. Coats are often on sale for as low as $5.00 new in stores as Spring approaches; if you would like to give, but have already generously cleaned out your closets, this is another great way to donate to a family in need. The need is always greatest for warm children's clothing and coats.
Remaining items were passed on to other local organizations who serve our wider community including Claremont School District and the Canaan United Methodist Church's Coats Plus.