Share the Warmth benefits those in need
The city of Richmond launched the fourth annual Share the Warmth program in October to assist those in the community needing blankets, coats, jackets and other warm clothing.
“This Share the Warmth Program has grown to a valuable partnership between these three entities to serve our Richmond citizens,” said Moore.
People could donate from mid-October to mid-November at three drop-off sites in the city as well as four Richmond area churches: First Baptist Church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Calvary Episcopal Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This year’s Share the Warmth event pulled in a couple of hundred warm items including blankets and coats to assist those in need in the city.
While the city began this program based on a community conversation had by Mayor Evalyn Moore four years ago, getting donations into the hands of those in need within the city required agency partnerships. The city partnered with Fort Bend Women’s Center Pennywise ReSale Center, 501 E U.S. 90A, for distribution preparation and merchandise cards which are then given to Richmond seniors so they are able to redeem them to get blankets, coats or any item of their choice.
Fort Bend Seniors assists by getting the merchandise cards along with a note to the approximately 60-plus city of Richmond seniors who are clients of its Meals on Wheels Program.