Folks: make a difference by reaching to the back of your coat closet, or the front, and taking out a couple of items you no longer really wear. (Though check the pockets first for spare keys, jewelry and anything else you are not quite ready to donate.)
Now’s the time to take inventory of all the warm coats you no longer need or have outgrown, and bring them to the Scout Troop 500 across from Eastern Market this weekend so they can be distributed to those who need them for the coming winter.
The local Boy Scout coat drive will be collecting, as it has for over 12 years, the coats for all ages, genders and sizes, from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 12 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, in front of the Home Health Care Building near 7th and C Street SE, across from Eastern Market. So, yes, little Penny’s outgrown candy-colored Land’s End jacket and growing Jack’s 2010 sleek, red Timberland are welcome, along with your over-sized black wool Gap with the shiny buttons and your cozy white bubble jacket.
Each year, 300 to 400 coats are collected by Troop 500 and cleaned at cost by a local dry cleaner (thank you, you know who you are!) They are then distributed at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian’s Community Action Group’s annual Christmas Party where “they’re always a big hit,” according to volunteers there.
CAG, which operates residential substance abuse treatment for homeless men and women, is respected by the community as a great organization. Janice Gordon, who runs CAG, grew up and lives in the neighborhood. She and her late husband, Hal, founded CAG after they both retired from the U.S. Department of Commerce and decided to devote themselves to “really saving people’s lives,” says a fan.
Holy Comforter is the Catholic Church at 14th and East Capitol.
Hats off (and coats on) to all, including Troop 500, where Hill denizen Daniel Herman is the Scout leader this year, and his dad, Chris Herman, the adult leader.