The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 4, 2013

Good Samaritan Mission seeks winter clothes donations

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— DANVILLE – With an average of 494 clients each month, Ferry Street’s Good Samaritan Mission urgently needs to stock up on winter clothing for needy families.

“We’re usually short on children’s clothes, men’s coats, children’s coats … and men’s jeans,” said Cindy Gearhart, chair of the mission’s board of directors. The mission typically has a good supply of most women’s clothing, she said.

Other items needed at the mission are infant winter clothes, all sizes of blankets and sheets, baby blankets, gloves and mittens for men, women and children and shoes for men, boys and girls.

Forty-five percent of the families who receive clothes from the mission come from outside of Montour County. “Just for coats (last) week, we’ve had people from Port Trevorton, Mifflinburg … all over,” said Nancy Fritz, vice chair of the mission’s board of directors. Each family is limited to visiting twice a month for clothes.

Since the start of this year to the end of September, the mission has provided for 862 different families from Montour and its surrounding counties. These families combined make a total of approximately 4,433 trips every year, Fritz said.


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