TWO COAT GIVEAWAYS IN CROWN HEIGHTS
Cold weather means people need coats to stay warm. Two churches that we know of aim to see that everyone who needs one gets one. On Saturday, the Mosaic Baptist Church arranged a giveaway in Brower Park at 10 am. Stephen Stallard, the pastor at Mosaic, estimated that around 150 coats were given away by the time his group shut down around 12:00 noon. A group from the church organized and staffed the event, and some visitors from Birmingham, Alabama helped out. At 2:30 another giveaway began at Bethany Methodist Church organized by the United Methodist Women of Bethany United Methodist Church. That group, in charge of programs for women and children, organized a giveaway in collaboration with Burlington coat factory. The giveaway at Brower Park felt like a store. There were racks of coats and it seemed like people came and shopped. However, it was shopping with no cashier. People picked out what they needed and left with the best wishes of Mosaic Baptist Church; they were also invited to attend services there on Sunday mornings at 10:30 at Black Lady Theatre at 750 Nostrand Avenue. The giveaway at Bethany Methodist was more organized. A line of people waited to get a turn in the main room of the church where coats were arranged on both sides of the entrance, and there was a limit of one per person. Monica Bartley, President and Florence Sutton, Secretary signed people in and sent them in when there was space for them. In that room, Donella Bracey leader of Social Action was taking care of things. She told me that she believed the giveaway would distribute 250 coats during the hours 2:30 to 6:30 on December 1st . Then more coats will be handed out every Tuesday, 12:30 to 2:30, from December 4th until January 19th of next year. Coats can also be dropped off on those Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2:30, during the giveaway hours. So if you have some coats you are no longer using bring them to Bethany Methodist located at 1208 St. Johns Place (between Albany and Troy Avenues) You can also donate at the Burlington store at 625 Atlantic Avenue. So it may be 400 coats were given away on the Saturday at the two giveaways and there will be more on the Tuesday giveaways after that. That makes one think a lot of people in Crown Heights will stay warm through the cold months ahead, and that is a heart warming thought, even for those who already have a coat ready for this winter.