“Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…!”

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful…” but the friends of Emmaus are delightful, making sure our guests can keep warm though Erie winters.

Noreen Pociej of Milcreek Hospital began a collection of new socks, hats, and gloves which quickly expanded to the entire ACL laboratory employees of Millcreek Community Hospital. “We appreciate all the meals you provide for the soup kitchen’s visitors every day but we also know that sometimes they are in need of other items that may not be available to them at the soup kitchen,” said the note that came with their delivery. “Please distribute these items to those who may be in need and benefit from them.”

The Stay-in-the-Loop Group of Benedictine Sisters donated 217 hats and 53 scarves. “Although the group no longer meets, some of its loom knitters have continued making hats and scarves so they can continue to keep warm the guests of Emmaus,” said Sister Karen Oprenchok, ministry assistant at Emmaus.

The confirmation class from Holy Cross Church in Fariview, PA, gathered and donated 23 bags of cold weather gear, including hats, gloves, and a few new winter coats. And parishioners from both the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and Mount Calvary Church collected new gloves to hand out as gifts on Christmas Day at Emmaus.

Pictured: Jessica, a soup kitchen guest, modeling her new set of matching hat and scarf.