November 20, 2015 – (Wilmington DE) – As temperatures start to decline, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is preparing to Warm Up Winter for its most vulnerable neighbors by collecting new and “gently used” coats, hats, gloves, blankets, and other bedding at each of its service locations throughout the months of November, December and January.
Richelle Vible, Executive Director, asks people to be generous. “Please share with those who struggle to provide their family with life’s basic necessities, like warm clothing and bedding. With your help, Catholic Charities will continue supporting our neighbors who would otherwise do without.”
Mrs. Vible also encouraged civic groups, churches, and community-minded neighbors to conduct their own Warm Up Winter Drive. “We are happy to assist any group that wants to help the most vulnerable during the cold weather. Contact the Catholic Charities office nearest you, and we will make arrangements to distribute your donations.”
Catholic Charities will freely distribute Warm Up Winter donations through various programs, such as its food assistance programs at Bayard House in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton, and Seton Center in Princess Anne; its diocese-wide Basic Needs program; and its food program for children in licensed day cares.
All donated blankets and bedding, coats, and other clothing items should be clean, in good condition, and ready to use. Keep in mind that Catholic Charities staff cannot clean, mend, or repair items, and merchandise not fit for distribution must be discarded at Catholic Charities expense.
Donors can bring their coats and blankets to any of the following Catholic Charities locations and receive a tax deduction receipt:
- Main Office, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington 19805, 302-655-9624
- Bayard House, 300 Bayard Avenue, Wilmington 19805, 302-654-1184
- Thrift Store, 1320 E. 23rd Street, Wilmington 19802, 302-764-2717
- Marydale Retirement Village, 135 Jeandell Drive, Newark 19713, 302-368-2784
- Kent County Office, 2099 S DuPont Highway, Dover 19901, 302-674-1600
- Sussex County Office, 406 S. Bedford Avenue, Suite 9, Georgetown 19947, 302-856-9578
- Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad Street, Milford 19968, 302-684-8694
- Seton Center, 30632 Hampden Avenue, Princess Anne 21853, 410-651-9608
Staff at all locations will accept donations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, the Wilmington Thrift Center accepts donations on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Catholic Charities also accepts other clothing as well as donations of furniture, working appliances, and mattresses. Car and other vehicle donations can be made by calling 1-844-940-GIVE (1-844-940-4483) or by visiting the website www.cdow.org and click “Catholic Charities.”
Catholic Charities, serving those in need for over 185 years, offers a wide range of services to support the most vulnerable throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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Contact: Paula Savini