Mary Ann Pitcher helps children select coats and other items at the “Children’s Coat Giveaway” Nov. 9 at St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown. About 300 children’s coats and the same amount of other clothing items (sweatshirts, hats, scarves, etc.) were available free for children in the local community. (Photos by John Simitz)
Volunteer Doris Marsicano finds hats and gloves for some of the children. The Outreach Committee of St. Francis collects used and new coats from parishioners of St. Francis and of Holy Trinity, Whitehall for at least two months prior to the giveaway, advertising in the bulletins and local newspapers.
Julio Pena, 2 years old, takes a rest, holding some brother and sister coats.
Volunteers – from left, Isabel Koch, Phyllis Johnson and Barbara Quigney – pack up coats for some visitors. The Outreach Committee has sponsored the coat giveaway on the second Saturday of November for the past 10 years. Next year they will be giving to adults, too.