James Buchanan Elementary in Bethlehem held a mitten, hat, and scarf drive. Here is what happened with their donation.
One of the wonderful things about this job is witnessing the incredible generosity of others on a constant basis. From donations of non-perishable food to Christmas gifts to warm coats and apparel, I've never seen such an outpouring of care to neighbors in need.
Through December and January, James Buchanan Elementary School collected children's hats, scarves, and gloves and recently delivered them to our office complete with notes from the children for their peers. We placed them on two hall trees in our lobby, a location where donated items go quick.
Two days later I was walking into the main office at 333 West 4th to see a family, mother father and son, walking down the sidewalk. Their boy had no hat or gloves, and I asked the parents if they’d like a few warm items from our lobby. They came into the office and their son picked out a fun hat (it might have been Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), still with the tags. I asked the parents if they needed anything else, and the father mentioned that his coat was too small. One of our staff, in minutes flat, fitted the father with a new winter coat from our Mollard Hospitality Center.
When we say at New Bethany that we are a "Light in our Neighbor's Darkest Hour," we are talking about our literal neighbors. This boy was the same age as the children donating the hat he is now wearing. They are in the same town, probably the same school district. The kids may even know one another.
posted by Marc Rittle, Executive Director of New Bethany Ministries