Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 6:05 PM on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thanks for sharing the warmth

Share the Warmth and HOPE volunteers thank the wonderfully generous people in our Homer community for donating so many coats, jackets and other warm items in the third annual Share the Warmth Coat and Clothing Drive.

Coats and clothing were distributed each week during the drive and so we were able to get the clothing out much more quickly to those who needed it. Because of this, it was not possible to get an exact count this year, but according to my "guesstimate," we collected approximately 550-600 items. There were approximately 100 coats and jackets, many of which looked almost new. And there were so many beautiful hand-knitted hats and scarves, which went as quickly as they were put out. Thanks to the talented and creative knitters in Homer. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to the businesses who "hosted" collections boxes: Captain's Coffee, Homer's Jeans, Safeway, Redden Marine and Save U More and to Alaska Adventure Car Rentals for donating the boxes for our collection. A special thanks to Homer's Jeans for donating a clothing rack and hangers, which made the display and distribution so much easier.

Recognition goes to our "box" volunteers, Liz Downing, Nancy Johnson, Lani Raymond, Kim Burroughs, Dan and Pat Boone and Bob Burns. A big thanks also to Angie and Chris Newby for donating a storage locker to store everything collected for the week and delivering these items each Monday to the Homer Community Food Pantry.

In addition to the clothing distribution at the Homer Food Pantry, several boxes of clothing went to Haven House and Big Brothers Big Sisters and Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage. Coats and clothing will continue to be distributed at the Homer Community Food Pantry for several more weeks.

Judi Nester