Through Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Acts 4 Ministry Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organization serving the greater Waterbury region, will accept donations of newor gently-worn coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, new socks, thermals, and undergarments for children, men, and women toward their 2022-23 “Share the Warmth” Drive.
“Our annual Share the Warmth campaign helps us the physical needs of our community’s most vulnerable members and lets them know they are not forgotten,” commented Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. Board of Directors Chairman, John Bishop of Woodbury.
“Each year, our goal”, added Sarah E. DiMeo-Carabetta, Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director, “is to ensure that people in need of assistance have warm clothing during the entire cold season. Currently, we very much need winter coats and jackets for men sizes L to 3X, for boys’ and girls’ sizes 14-16, girl’s pants size 10, and girl’s tops size 8 and 16, and men’s jeans size 28-36 waist in all lengths, and men’s shoe sizes 10-13, plus gently worn clothing, coats, and boots for women.
“We also seek winter weather items for men, women, and children in all sizes, including clean long-sleeve tops and T-shirts, hoodie sweatshirts, winter boots, leggings, jeans, pajamas for men and women in all sizes, pajamas for children in sizes 6 to 20, boys winter jackets in all sizes. Socks are also very much needed along with belts, underwear & undershirts, slippers, sneakers, winter hats, gloves, and scarves, bras for women, onesies, snowsuits, and sweaters for all.”
For the past four years, Thomaston Savings Bank has supported the Share the Warmth Drive through an employee collection and is doing so again this year. Cheryl Lindstrom (pictured), AVP/Community Outreach Officer of Thomaston Savings Bank commented, “Our bank and employees are proud to support Acts 4 Ministry’s ambitions of inspiring acts of love. We thank the Ministry for providing dignified, thoughtful, caring support and services to those most in need in our community.”
Through February 2023, donations can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry located 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.
“Our continual mission,” explained DiMeo-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 in the context of the broader community regardless of their faith, race, creed, national origin, or willingness to participate in religious activities.
Acts 4 Ministry’s retail store environment provides people with immediate basic living needs and 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 DiMeo-Carabetta. “In our retail store, they experience an atmosphere that preserves their dignity and allows them to personally select what they need. This is a respectful environment where everyone is treated with caring support.”
Tax-deductible donations may be brought year-round to the 1713 Thomaston Avenue location Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Acts 4 Ministry requests that no donations be left outside their building.
To learn more, call 203-574-2287 or visit https://www.acts4.org.