Acts 4 Ministry Seeking Winter Coats & Accessories

Through Monday, February 28, 2022, Acts 4 Ministry Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organization in Waterbury, will accept donations of new or gently-worn coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, and new socks, thermals, and undergarments for children, men and women toward their 2021 “Share the Warmth” drive.

“Winters are challenging for everyone, especially for those who do not have basic things that many people take for granted. Acts 4 Ministry’s annual Share the Warmth campaign helps our community meet the physical needs of our most vulnerable members and lets them know they are not forgotten,” commented Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. Board of Directors Chairman, John Bishop of Woodbury.

“Our goal each year”, added Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta, Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director, “is to ensure that people in need of assistance throughout our Greater Waterbury community have warm clothing during the entire cold season. Men’s and children’s coats and jackets are especially needed and we are very appreciative of receiving clean and gently-used winter items for women as well.

We also welcome for men, women and children, clean long-sleeve tops, sweat pants, pajamas, jeans, belts, underwear & undershirts, socks, slippers, sneakers, boots, winter hats and gloves and scarves. Hoodies are especially desired for men. Sweaters, leggings and bras for women, plus onesies, snow suits, sweaters and leggings for children are also desired.”

Through Monday, February 28, 2022, all donations can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to receive a receipt for tax deductions.

“We recognize that our seasons have recently shifted and colder weather often appears more in January and February,” explained Carabetta, “so we want to ensure that we can help keep children, men and women warm throughout the entire cold-weather season of 2021 into early 2022.”

Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. is dedicated to building relationships with people while providing them with the basics of daily living needs. “Our continual mission,” explained Carabetta, “is to provide individuals or families who have experienced a life devastating event with opportunities to feel loved as they rebuild their lives with basic needs by coming to our facility to personally select clothing, dishes, glassware, furnishings, and other basic needs at no charge.”

The organization partners with churches, social service agencies, and public schools to help identify and serve people with these needs in the context of the broader community regardless of their faith, race, creed, or national origin, or their willingness to participate in religious activities.

Acts 4 Ministry’s retail store environment provides people with immediate ‘basic living needs’ the ability to select clothing, furniture, and household items at no cost. “Individuals and families are often referred to us by other charitable organizations,” explained Carabetta. “In our retail store environment, they are provided with an atmosphere which preserves their dignity and allows them to personally select what they need vs. being handed clothing or furnishings they do not desire. This is a respectful environment where everyone is treated with caring support."

Photographed are Acts 4 Ministry Volunteer Tammy (r) packing up items selected free of charge by client Bridget of Waterbury.

To provide monetary donations to Acts 4 Ministry’s “Share the Warmth” drive, contributions can be made payable to Acts 4 Ministry and sent to PO Box 4524, Waterbury CT 06704 or by visiting the Acts 4 website http://www.acts4.org and tap on the ‘click to give’ button. For large donations of items or organizations and groups who would like to volunteer, contact the Ministry at 203-574-2287 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Acts 4 Ministry’s offices and their boutique store at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury offer items free of charge to those in need. Tax-deductible donations may be brought year-round to the location Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Cash or money order donations can also be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. For more information, call 203-574-2287 or visit https://www.acts4.org.


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