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Rescue Mission Winter Clothing Drive

Submitted by Angela Sorensen on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:12pm

Imagine being chronically hungry, continually longing for a bite to eat in order to temporarily satisfy your empty stomach. Top that off with being constantly exposed to the brutal Ithaca outdoors, with several old, worn layers failing to retain the warmth of your body. Winter is already here in the 14850. Why are we standing by as the poor and powerless right in our backyard suffer? 

There is an Ithaca homeless crisis. Homelessness in Ithaca is at an all-time high and there have been several deaths that have accompanied this tragedy. Last year Mike Foster, the manager for The Rescue Mission (the Ithaca homeless shelter) and a member of our congregation, reported 2016 as one of the worst years for Ithaca's homeless crisis. Now, Foster reports that 2017 is 3 to 4 times worse than 2016.

We’re organizing a church-wide drive for winter clothes to benefit the people living in The Jungle, an outdoor tent city in Ithaca, where many fend for themselves in the frigid, unforgiving outdoors which is especially apparent during this time of year. Also some of the clothes will go to people receiving temporarily shelter at the Rescue Mission. Please consider bringing gently worn or new winter clothing items including hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, sweatshirts, coats, etc. Thank you!

Chris Biehn

There will be a bin in the foyer to collect the stuff, and if you have any questions you can contact Elise Steele or Chris Biehn.