St. John’s to give away coats today

Published 8:59 am Thursday, November 2, 2017

You will find a lot of warmth at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. And it’s not just the friendly people. It’s the coats.

Volunteers filled church’s coat racks Wednesday morning with the donations that had been stacking up in a small backroom kitchen since early October.

Sandy Groleau, right, and Joann Rasmussen hang coats for the annual coat drive by St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Coats will be handed out today and Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

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Coats are available only for individuals who do not own a winter coat.

This is the second year of this service project for the congregation. The community has responded.

“We have a pretty good pile,” said lead volunteer Joann Rasmussen.

An effort like this can benefit refugee families who have come to Austin and are faced with the daunting tasks of finding jobs and settling into new homes in an unfamiliar climate. They are starting all over and might never have needed a winter coat, she said.

St. John’s Lutheran Church’s Rev. James Groleau sifts through a pile of coats at the church Wednesday morning for their annual coat drive.