Non-Profits Benefit from Church Clothing Delivery
POTTSTOWN PA – Volunteers from the Pottstown Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 93 Maugers Mill Rd., were involved in – and area non-profit groups benefited from – deliveries last Wednesday (Oct. 19, 2022) of more than 6,500 pounds of free clothing and blankets, the church reported.
The bundled goods were distributed in part to Mission First, a community outreach ministry of Cedarville United Methodist Church in Pottstown. They’re being put to immediate use at its Clothing Closet, according to the Mission First calendar. Its closet, at 414 E. High St., is open to those in need on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Also receiving clothing shipments, amounting to more than 20,000 pounds overall, were Opportunity House and Hope Rescue Mission in Reading, New Bethany Ministries and the Lehigh Conference of Churches in the Lehigh Valley, Good Samaritan Services and Ephrata Area Social Services in Ephrata, and other locations in Norristown, Philadelphia, Camden NJ, and Wilmington DE.
The tractor-trailer distribution (above) was coordinated among the local churches and non-profits by Salt Lake City UT-based Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The annual distribution of clothing and blankets has changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Peggy Shafer, local director of communication for the church.
Bundles (above) formerly were sent to centralized locations in Pottstown, Reading, Pottsville, and Whitehall PA, where families and individuals could come to select their clothes. Now non-profit partners receive clothing directly, enabling them to quickly and efficiently sort and provide items for those who need them most, Shafer explained.
“We are very honored to partner with all of these great organizations, (which) provide so much to those in need in their communities,” Shafer said. Other non-profits that are interested in receiving bundles for the 2023 distribution, she added, should send an e-mail to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints