Coat extravaganza

Area churches donate coats for Transformations CDC Westmont pantry

Coat extravaganza

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Neighbors gathered for a weekly food distribution and were able to select a coat donated by parishioners of Church of
the Redeemer, Cincinnati, and St. Anne’s, West Chester.

Thanks to bags of beautiful coats donated by members of the Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati and St. Anne’s, West Chester, as well as donations from My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus, many immigrants are much warmer after our November coat event.

Every Saturday, Transformations CDC pairs with the pantry of Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador to offer an outdoor food pantry in Westmont, an isolated, low-income community within Price Hill. Most Westmont residents are hard-working immigrants, often food insecure. Many are welcoming unaccompanied minors, usually a younger sibling or a niece or cousin, which means more mouths to feed and clothe.

On this day we greeted 40 families, representing approximately 200 people, to our outdoor pantry, the only one in the region which routinely offers maseca, used to prepare tortillas daily for most meals. Leaders have emerged from the community: a number of residents have stepped up to provide leadership for the weekly event, not just setting up the food, but ensuring that all families get a fair share of what we can offer.

After this week’s pantry, we packed up the little remaining food. Then we spread out all the glorious coats from donors, kids coats on one table and adults on an even longer table. Immigrants took charge of the tables, so that each person could get a single coat.

Many, many thanks to the generous members of Redeemer and St. Anne’s for this gift of warmth!

Nancy Sullivan serves as the director of Transformations CDC, a 501c(3) organization born out of the Church of Our Saviour, La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, Cincinnati, that provides educational and health support and advocacy to primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants and their families.