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Central looks to provide coats for those in need
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Unseasonably warm days over the Christmas weekend could inspire hopes for a mild winter. But history suggests that frigid weather lies ahead, including some brutally cold periods.

In an effort to meet the anticipated need in the community, Central Church of Christ is opening its clothing recycling center to donations of gently used coats, sweaters, rainwear, shoes and boots.

“We are needing good, serviceable coats, jackets and other warm clothing for men and women, boys and girls,” said Barbara Garretson, one of the Central volunteers staffing the church benevolence center every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Entry to the center is from the church parking lot bordering North Spring Street.

“If you’re updating your wardrobe or if your children have outgrown their coats and sweaters, but the clothes are still in good condition, we can practically guarantee they will get to families and individuals who really need them,” Garretson stressed.

Traffic in Central’s clothing recycling center has taken a pronounced downturn since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in late winter 2020, church leaders say. But good, quality winter wear is almost always in short supply, Garretson explained.

At the same time, Central is serving as a collection point for donations for the relief of victims of the recent siege of deadly tornados in southwest Kentucky.

Working through Northside Church of Christ in Mayfield, Ky., the Central congregation has already made a substantial donation to help residents of that area, according to Dennis Ruch, one of Central’s elders. Warren County citizens wishing to help with the near-term human needs in Kentucky may do through the local congregation, which will then forward to donations to Northside. Checks should be written to Central Church of Christ with the notation on the memo line “Kentucky tornado relief.”

“Even though we’re working with the Church of Christ there, this is really non-denominational,” Ruch emphasized. “The Northside congregation is helping their neighbors without distinction as to their religious affiliation, if any. If people are suffering, we’re all in to help.”