The Sallisaw Lions Club, answering a call for help from Catholic Charities in Sallisaw, delivered 130 coats to MaryLynn Lufkin, in front, Catholic Charities coordinator, on Monday morning. Club members are, from the left, Gary Schaefer, Paul Marshall, Justin McGrew, Matt Bennett, Mary Abell, Bryan Warner and Jennifer Hancock.
Lufkin said a cold snap earlier in January resulted in an increased need for coats for all ages. When all the coats were gone from Catholic Charities closets, Lufkin sent out the call for help and the Lions Club responded.
Marley Abell, Lions Club member, said the club purchased about $1,500 worth of coats locally and donated them to organization for the needy.
Lufkin said Catholic Charities also needs blankets. When the cold snap hit, Catholic Charities gave away 40 blankets in one day.
“We have no blankets,” Lufkin said Monday. “We serve an average of 450 families every month and that’s about 1,200 people. We could use some blankets.”
Lufkin said the agency is always in need of men’s clothing, especially shoes, and items for its burn-out room where those who have lost their homes to fire may pick up needed items, such as silverware.
And save those plastic shopping bags for Catholic Charities. The agency is always in need of plastic bags for the distribution of food, clothing and other items.
For information about helping Catholic Charities call 918-775-6111. Catholic Charities is at 409 N. Adams in Sallisaw.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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