CLEVELAND — It may seem small, but a coat is something many people might take for granted.
For some, it’s a luxury that they don’t have.
As we enter the cold winter months, the Old-Stone Church in the heart of Downtown Cleveland is continuing its fight to help the less fortunate in Northeast Ohio.
On Sunday you can lend a hand too, by donating a new or gently used coat at the contactless coat drive from noon-2 p.m.
The church just celebrated its 200th anniversary, and over the centuries they’ve been dedicated to protecting their community.
They’re partnering with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless for the drive. You can drop off your new or gently used winter items outside the church on Public Square.
Everyone who donates will receive a special holiday gift bag.
In the past, the Old-Stone Church has always had a clothing closet, but this is their first adventure with a coat drive.
"For a whole lot of people when it turns cold, we go into the closet and we get a warmer coat,” Reverend Dr. Andrew McDonald, Interim Senior Pastor at the church said. “But a whole lot of people don't have a home and they don't have a closet and they don't have a warmer coat. I don't know how many coats and blankets we will receive but I know there are thousands of people experiencing homelessness.”
Last month they had a food drive and collected more than 450 bags of groceries. If they’re lucky they can collect more than 450 coats, hats, pairs of gloves, and other winter items.
The winter items can be donated outside the Ontario Street entrance at 91 Public Square.