St. John Church increases its gift of coats, hats and mittens
for local children
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One hundred and twelve coats for Logan County
children, plus hats and mittens to match -- these gifts were
showcased on Sunday at St. John United Church of Christ.
For the 16th consecutive year the Mission Committee of the church
purchased new coats and presented them for members to view prior to
delivery to Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. In addition,
the St. John Charity Guild collected 103 hats, 119 pairs of mittens
and gloves, and one scarf. All will be distributed by CIEDC on
"I'm just so excited," said Verdeen Ingram of rural
Lincoln, who chairs the coat project. "This is the most coats we've
ever had in one year." She attributes the increase to larger
donations, including proceeds from the Charity Guild silent auction
at Germanfest, and to good prices.
Ingram bought a few coats on sale last January with money donated
after the 2005 distribution. All the rest she purchased recently on
sale at Goody's. Ingram said she is delighted to be able to buy so
many jackets locally.
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The committee undertakes the project "because local kids need it,
and it's one of the best things I can think of to do for the
community with our offering money," Ingram said. Two years ago the
church reached the milestone of donating 1,000 jackets.
Marlene Wilmert, president of the Charity Guild, said that most
of the accessories this year were knit by Barb Bauer of Lincoln with
yarn donated by the guild. Bauer provided 100 sets of hats and
Wilmert said the organization started collecting hats and mittens
several years after the coat project began. "We did it just to
enhance the project," she said. "Besides coats, the children need
something for their hands and heads."