2/3/2012 10:26:00 AM Winter clothing drive underway
Catholic Community Services photo
A family looks for clothing at Catholic Community Services.
EUGENE – It was a cold and wet morning when a middle-aged homeless man stopped by Catholic Community Services in Eugene to pick up a box of food. His light jacket offered little protection against the elements, and he hesitantly asked if there were donated coats available.
Checking the free clothing rack, he discovered a yellow Columbia ski jacket that had just been donated the day before. It was waterproof, lined and a good fit. He left with a smile on his face that was even brighter than his new “gently-used” yellow coat.
Catholic Community Services has launched its annual winter clothing drive, which runs through mid-February. Led by volunteers Mamie and John Arnold, the project brings in donations of winter coats, socks, mittens, hats, blankets, and shoes, all to be distributed free at Catholic Community Services centers in Eugene and Springfield.
Collection boxes have already been set up at 20 different area churches and organizations, and any business or organization can participate by setting out a collection box. The drive is also accepting cash donations, which will be used to purchase winter clothing for free distribution to those in need. For more information, go to www.ccslc.org.