Thornton & Grooms, a top local heating and cooling company, is proud to announce the results of their second annual coat and blanket drive.
Thornton and Grooms’ efforts met with success; during January and February they collected 30 coats and jackets, 10 blankets, five hats, three scarves and a pair of children’s boots during service appointments.
These customer donations were then given to the Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul – Oakland County Association Clothes Closet & Food Pantry located in Bloomfield Hills.
The Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul - Oakland Country Association, is made up of approximately 330 members. The organization is involved in a number of charitable activities to assist the underprivileged. Some of these activities include turkeys at Thanksgiving and hams at Easter, which are donated to the Matchan Nutrition Center, baskets full of toys and food for needy families at Christmas, visits to the sick and elderly, prayer books and rosaries for children receiving their First Communion, to name just a few. While the organization was founded in the Catholic faith, its volunteers are comprised of, and help, those of all religious beliefs.
Within the organization is the Clothes Closet and Food Pantry (CCFP), comprised of over 80 volunteers who are dedicated to serving those in need.
After Thornton and Grooms collected the donations the volunteers at the CCFP sorted them and worked with social workers to distribute them to those in need.
Along with blankets and coats the CCFP also collects non-perishable food; personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, and soap; clothing such as shoes, scarves, and gloves; and household items like pots, pans, silverware, dishes, etc. Items ALWAYS in demand are girls/boys/ladies/men new underwear, undershirts, briefs, and bras; and blankets, sheets, and towels.
Dave Knight, co-owner of Thornton & Grooms, says, “We choose to work with the CCFP because they work year-round, helping approximately 18,000 people in need every year through their network of social workers and charities. With our average of 1,000 service appointments a month, we knew we could make a big difference in our area.”
Knight continues, “We collected donations during service calls and offered a $10 discount on repairs if a donation was made of five items. We also posted an announcement to our website and created a leave-behind flyer that servicemen left at every home. All together, our customers’ generosity saved them $500.”
For more information about the Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul – Oakland County Association, please call the Clothes Closet and Food Pantry at (248) 646-0920.