UCS “Warm Up” collection of coats, sock, mittens begins

    PAW PAW - United Christian Services will launch its winter project, “Operation Warm-up”, with a kick-off during the week of Oct. 7-12.
    The community is invited to donate gently used winter coats for children and adults to be distributed throughout the winter months to those in need.
    Donations may be taken to  Freshwater Community Church, 600 E. Michigan Ave.,  Paw Paw,  every day during  kick-off week, from 9:30 to noon.
    Also needed are new socks for adults and children and winter mittens and gloves, especially winter gloves for men.
    After Oct. 12, donations will be received throughout the winter months at United Christian Services’ office, located in the Annex building directly behind  Freshwater Community Church, and Kinexus and United Way offices in Paw Paw, as well as participating churches.
    While the agency collects and distributes clothing all year, it also gives them away at two yearly special occasions. The “Great Big Clothing Giveaway” will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the First Presbyterian Church, 120 Pine St., Paw Paw, from 8:30 a.m. to  1 p.m. Clothing for adults and children will be available to anyone in need with no limitations. Participants should bring their own bags.
    United Christian Services, a  United-Way partner, and staffed by volunteers, serves the needs of many in eastern Van Buren County with a variety of services, including assistance with emergency needs, clothing, a twice-weekly food distribution program, occasional cooking classes, a “Learning” (Community) Garden and a budgeting class.
    It also offers a free “Coffee and Bagels” café at Freshwater Community Church, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Mondays, where representatives from agencies such as Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MDHHS, Friend of the Court and others, are available to offer help and assistance with an individual’s needs.  All are welcomed.
    The agency is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.  to  noon.
    For additional information, call (269) 415-0767, or visit the  website at: https://www.unitedchristianservices-evbc.com/.

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