Churches’ men’s clothing drive runs through Feb. 26
February 7, 2012
Seattle area streets serve as home to a population of roughly 8,900, according to Jim Rockstad, of Issaquah Christian Church.
Of that total, an estimated 80 percent are men, he said. At the same time, however, about 80 percent of the clothing donated for the homeless is for women and children.
“There is a real need for warm men’s clothing,” Rockstad said.
For the third year in a row, Rockstad is helping organize a winter men’s clothing drive benefiting Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
With the cooperation of four area churches, the drive began Feb. 4 and lasts through Feb. 26. Including Issaquah Christian Church, the congregations involved are:
- Issaquah Christian Church — 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., 392-5848
- Foothills Baptist Church — 10120 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., 392-5925
- Mountain Creek Fellowship — 165 Front Street N., 391-3416; and 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.
- Community Church of Issaquah — 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W., 392-6447
Leave donations in barrels at each location or the Issaquah Food Bank, Rockstad said. A receipt for tax purposes will be mailed to donors.
All items need to be new or gently used; no torn or damaged goods. Warm clothing items, such as boots, hats/caps, gloves, pants, sweaters, tube-type socks, underwear in size 38-40 (or larger), ponchos, coats and outerwear need to be in larger sizes.
Past drives were very successful, Rockstad said. The same group of churches recently completed an annual food drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank through their “Serve Issaquah” association.