Chaplains make donation to shelter

From left, Mary Colbert, Southwestern Hospital Medical Center volunteer chaplain; Chaplain Louise Harris, Southwestern Hospital Medical Center; Jennifer Hough, C. Carter Crane Shelter; Zella South, Southwestern Hospital Medical Center volunteer chaplain; and Edith McKinley, C. Carter Crane Shelter; pose with donations the chaplains made to the shelter.

Volunteer Chaplain Services at Southwestern Medical Center donated 189 coats and an abundant supply of hats, gloves and scarfs to the C. Carter Crane Shelter for the Homeless on Thursday.

The winter wear was collected during the chaplains’ first coat drive event — Chaplains for Coats. They collected coats, hats, gloves and scarfs in sizes ranging from infants to adults, over a month-long period.

“I’m very pleased with the success of our coat drive,” said Chaplain Louise Harris, manager, chaplain services at SWMC. “The generous support of the Southwestern Medical Center team doesn’t surprise. They are always willing to do what they can to help those in need in our community. I’m looking forward to holding the second annual Chaplains for Coats.”

According to Edith McKinley, director, C. Carter Crane Shelter for the Homeless, the coats and winter accessories were very welcomed. The shelter provides warm clothing not only to their clients, but to other organizations in town, too.

“Donations of this size make our job easier,” McKinley said. “Now we’ll be able to focus on other efforts such as restocking our pantries and preparing for a capital campaign to raise funding needed to upgrade our facility.”

Anyone who would like to donate non-perishable food items to the shelter or make a monetary donation may call 580-248-0936 for more information.

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