Coat Drive and Giveaway at Emmaus

Sometimes little suggestions become great ideas that influence the way people experience an event, such as the suggestion at the annual Emmaus Coat Drive that volunteers become “personal shopping assistants” for the guests.

“We had a wonderful abundance of volunteers at the Coat Giveaway,” said Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus staff member, “so we split up tasks. Some committed themselves to reorganizing clothing items while others became personal shopping assistants. As guests entered the dining room, a volunteer greeted them individually and then proceeded to show them around our ‘store,’ helping the guest to find what they needed to stay warm this winter.”

Emmaus staff member Rita Scrimenti praised this way one-on-one accompaniment saying that by doing so, we were acknowledging the individuality of each guest which, in turn, “affirmed each person’s dignity.”

Dozens of carloads of warm clothing items – including new and gently used blankets, coats, sweaters, hats, and gloves – were donated, sorted by volunteers, and shared with the guests. Donations came from parishioners at St. Jude, St. Patrick’s and St. Julia's parishes and were organized for the 24th year by Kelley Glass and Andrea Hallman.

Clothing items that were not taken on Monday were offered to guests of the Food Pantry on Tuesday morning.

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