24 Nov Annual Coat Giveaway
This November, the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury Park along with our Market Street Mission location in Morristown gave out thousands of coats to members of the community in our annual Coat Giveaway events. The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission has been giving out free winter gear every November for the past 15 years, and the Market Street Mission for 31 years.
This event is a great opportunity to reach out and care for our local community, making sure that families have the clothing they need to stay warm throughout the winter.
During the month of October, we received an outpouring of support from the community who donated the coats for us to give away. Thank you to the local individuals, churches, businesses and organizations who worked together to collect thousands of winter clothing items for our neighbors in need!
On Saturday, November 6th, more than 400 people visited the Morristown Green to receive 1,800 coats, along with hats, gloves and scarves for themselves and their families. Volunteers provided goody bags for the children in attendance as well. Two weeks later, on Saturday, November 20th, we were able to serve 375 people at our Mission at 701 Memorial Drive in Asbury Park, providing them with 1,100 coats as well as hats, gloves and scarves.
We are so grateful for our volunteers who helped each Coat Giveaway run smoothly! The 75 volunteers at Market Street and 80 volunteers at Jersey Shore assisted the community members in choosing their coats and winter accessories, managed the lines to keep things running smoothly, and handed out refreshments to our guests.
One of our community guests said of his experience: “I have been coming to the Coat Giveaway for many years with my entire family. It’s been a blessing to be able to get my kids warm coats for the winter. We are so grateful the Mission is here!”
As the weather begins to turn colder, we are blessed to be able to provide for the needs of our neighbors, and we are grateful for the community support that makes our Coat Giveaways possible each year!