Compassion Boston’s second annual Winter Warmth Campaign—this year running from November 5 through December 12—collected, packaged, and distributed warm clothing items from 44 churches across two Conferences in the Boston area. Individual churches gathered new hats, scarves, mittens or gloves, and socks week by week, then joined to package the items into individual bags on December 5, and again to distribute the bags on December 12 to Boston’s homeless and cold.
Below are pictures and simple reports from the different locations and stages of the Winter Warmth Campaign. For more information on how the campaign worked, visit the the Winter Warmth main page.
The North Territory
Twelve volunteers from north territory churches gathered at the Stoneham Memorial Church to package collected items (pictured above). Sixteen volunteers turned out the next week to help distribute the bags in Copley, South Station, Harvard Square. “There were a lot of people on the street,” said territory coordinator Paula Santos. “We prayed with them and talked to them.”
The Central Territory
In the central territory, led by coordinator Sandra Hinds, around 30 volunteers packed 200 bags on Packaging Day at the Boston Spanish Church (pictured above, click to view larger). These bags were distributed the following week (with the help of at least 49 more volunteers) to and through several organizations: Dorchester House, Pine Street Inn, Room to Grow, Therock Apartments, Cradles to Crayons, Pathways Shelter, Family Shelter Dorchester, Felix House, Renewal House, Woods Mullen Shelter, McKinley Elementary School, and Cooper Center. Larger organizations did not get a bag for each person, but bags with items that the agency could use in their clothing pantries, said Hinds. Giving Day also included some service projects, like serving food at the Pine Street Inn.
The South Territory
In the South Territory, led by Patrice Jean-Baptiste, more than 150 bags were packaged at the Braintree Seventh-day Adventist church, then given out at Father Bill’s & Main Spring, Tent City, and Father Bill’s Place.