By Charles Cesaretti
This past fall the Episcopal Congregations of Susquehanna County hosted the Coats for Community Project in collaboration with the Montrose American Legion Post 154. Coats have been distributed at Christ Church Susquehanna, Christ Church Forest City, and, St. Paul’s Montrose.
“The outreach ministry of our Northern Tier Parishes has been amazing,” reports John Finlon, junior warden at St. Paul's Montrose, who acted as project coordinator. “Throughout the fall, our parishes distributed hundreds of coats to those in need. Christ Church Forest City distributed 186 coats and Christ Church Susquehanna over 100.”
On December 17-19, the Coats for Community Project was hosted at St. Paul’s. Parishioners staffed a three-day distribution in the Parish House. Held in conjunction with the town’s Christmas Bureau and the Toys-for-Tots, the distribution was a great success. Over the three-day period 323 coats, 67 hats, seven scarves, five blankets, and three coveralls were presented to individuals and families from across Susquehanna County.
“The greatest need is for children’s coats and winter clothing,” Finlon said. “Our inventory of these items is very low and we are just beginning the winter season.” Clean children’s coats and winter items may be brought to either the American Legion Post or to St. Paul’s.
“St. Paul’s is currently working with the Episcopal Church Women in the Northern Tier and the PTOs in the Susquehanna County Schools to launch a major collection of children’s coats and winter wear,” says Rachel Warriner Bartron, senior warden of St. Paul’s.