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Church will provide cold-weather gear to needy

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

With cold weather coming on or perhaps already here, it's time for the annual Day of Giving at Victorious Life Christian Center.

The event provides an opportunity for the less fortunate in the Northland area to receive coats, hats, gloves, scarves and other items of winter wear and gives the more fortunate a chance to help others. It is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

Victorious Life Christian Center is located at 1875 Tamarack Circle N.

Church officials won't ask recipients of the warm clothing to document their income or otherwise prove they need the items, according to Lisa Johnson, outreach community liaison for Victorious Life.

"They're not necessarily going to have to qualify," she said.

However, people getting coats will be asked to provide names and addresses for entry into a database to possibly receive further help through the church, and to automatically be signed up for the Toys for Tots program, Johnson said.

Also, Franklin County Job and Family Services personnel will be on hand to help people with information about various types of public assistance, and identification would be needed for that, she added.

Volunteers are needed prior to the start of the event to help sort coats, set up displays, serve food and otherwise assist, according to Johnson.

Donations of coats and other types of winter clothing are still being accepted, she said.

"We just ask that it be gently cleaned and things that people can actually use," Johnson said.

Donations may be dropped off at the church from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; on Sundays prior to the 10:30 a.m. worship service or by prior arrangement.

Students from Dublin Jerome High School have provided 100 coats for the church's Day of Giving, Johnson said, and articles for youngsters have been received from Coats 4 Children, an eight-year-old local nonprofit run by Beverly Robinson.

Victorious Life Christian Center officials have invited students from Northland and Beechcroft high schools to participate in the Day of Giving, Johnson said.

"We are trying to be more involved in these kinds of things," she said. "We want to be more involved in the community. We want to provide services to people who might need it."

The response of Northland-area residents in helping the church in its outreach efforts to people in poverty and otherwise in need has been gratifying, she said.

"It's really been amazing," Johnson said. "We're just grateful for everything. It's just phenomenal in this area what people have done."

More details about volunteering, making donations or participating is available by calling Johnson at 614-880-3700.

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