Council 5476 Coat Drive

Dear Brothers:

So believe it or not I have one final update on the Puritan Cleaners’ Coats for Kids Drive.  

Because of the generosity of our parish and council, and Metro Richmond as a whole, there was actually a SURPLUS of coats provided to the drive this year. Amazing, as Puritan was quite certain this year donations would suffer.

Despite their initial expectation, our Council made an arrangement prior to the drive, that should such an unlikely situation exist, we would get some of the coats back.  This way we could distribute them personally to our traditionally supported charities: Commonwealth Catholic Charities, St. Peters Community Food Pantry, Sacred Heart Center, Pregnancy Resource Center and the Blackwell School.  

Happy to report when we were contacted by Puritan Cleaners and given the great news, we picked up s a substantial number of coats (adults and children) yesterday, and made them available to all our core charities. 

So what started locally, ended locally.  

I want to thank Brothers Ron Paquette and Steve Oswald to make deliveries to the locations. It was a lot of fun working with you both!  Others offered to help too but the window to act was narrow. 

Thanks Brother John McCulla for helping to encourage the surplus discussion with Puritan, and reaching out to the groups this week and giving them the news we were coming!

Puritan told us that it was thanks to the generosity of our Council, that led to this surplus in the first place. They told me today that if we didn’t contact them next year, they would most definitely be contacting us to help again.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Doug Lynch