Refugee Resettlement Ministry Coat Drive Comes to an End
Many thanks to members of the St. Martin-in-the-Fields community for their incredible generosity in providing coats and other winter apparel for asylum seekers arriving by bus in Philadelphia. In the end, we received the equivalent of more than 70 large bags of clothing, with much help from many members of the congregation, who sorted and packaged all the items.
Of the clothing received, we filled a little over 40 bags with coats—more than enough to provide winter warmth to several busloads of asylum seekers. The rest consisted of a range of cold-weather clothing, from hats and gloves to sweaters and shoes.
The drive is now at an end. As of late last week, all the clothing was on its way to a centralized location, convenient to the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, which is coordinating the effort to meet the buses.
Thanks to Refugee Resettlement Ministry member Tanya Regli for orchestrating this final step. And once again, much gratitude to all our volunteers, without whom this drive might never have come to its successful conclusion.