Winter Clothing Donation Drive

Several members of our Senior High Youth Program (SHYP) will visit CityReach, Boston in February.

‘CityReach is an overnight urban outreach program begun in March 1996 for youth (with accompanying adults), young adults, and college students from churches of any denomination. The program gives these young people the opportunity to learn firsthand about homelessness from people who have experienced it. During the 20 hour session, participants join CityReach staff in street ministry and offer hospitality, food and clothing. This is followed by times of sharing and reflection.’ To learn more please visit

While visiting CityReach, youth will join an Open House in a city church where 200 guests are expected for community lunch and fellowship. Youth participants and their congregation are asked to collect clean, warm used adult clothing for distribution to guests visiting the Open House.

Needed items include winter clothing:

  • Warm coats (the bigger the better)
  • Sweatshirts and sweat pants (hooded in great demand)
  • Sweaters
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Jeans and other casual pants (warm), 80% for men
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Waterproof boots
  • Comfortable seasonably appropriate shoes
  • Seasonably appropriate sneakers
  • Warm hats (no baseball caps please)
  • Gloves
  • Belts

There is also need for carrying cases including backpacks, tote bags, fanny packs, small suitcases with wheels (please check for working zippers, buckles, locks, straps, wheels)

NEW CLOTHING REQUESTED includes white socks of all sizes, underwear of all sizes for women and men. Please note that 80% of guests who visit CityReach are male, and clothing donations are requested accordingly. Large sizes XL, XXL, XXXL are in great demand.

We ask that all donations be delivered to UUCR no later than noontime on Thursday 2/9/2017. Donations may be dropped off at the collection station in the Atrium on Sundays or on weekdays when the office is open.

Many thanks for any contributions!