Keep God’s Children Warm

homelessKeep God’s Children Warm.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, …”  (Matthew 25:25-26)

Jesus calls us to serve Him by helping our neighbors who are going through tough times.  When we gather our resources, we can make an amazing impact on the lives of those in need.
Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 9:30-12:00 noon,
St. James will again be offering free used clothing for men, women and children. Donated items may be left in the bin labeled as such in the hallway outside the treasurer’s office. The program is in conjunction with the Food Pantry distribution every Thursday. We will continue the clothing program through the month of March.
Since Karen & Mike Arny began this program it has proven to be very popular. They are not able to continue with it this year, so I will be carrying it on. However, it is better to have two people there on a regular basis to help with sorting the clothes, and displaying them as well as greeting folks and making them feel welcome. If you are able to help it would be very much appreciated!
Please email me, Judy Neufer, at or call 570-437-9046. Thank you.
This was a vision to help our neighbors.
Keep God’s Children Warm was a vision of my wife, Karen. The Lord spoke to her several times about clothing His children during the cold seasons of the year – providing warm clothing for those who did not or could not afford to have coats, blankets, jackets, hats, etc…to keep them protected during the cold of the year. After discussion and planning with the clergy at St. James, Keep God’s Children Warm began – all through donations from our members here at St. James.
We began in January of 2015 and ran through March of 2015. We started back up in November of 2015 and will continue through March of 2016. We are open every Thursday morning from 9:30 – 12:00 noon, and we share the Fellowship Hall with our good friends, the Food Pantry. So, together, we are able to provide our neighbors with a bag of food and then with whatever they may find in the way of clothing. There is no limit for our neighbors. Yes, there have been concerns as to if some may take more than others and leave us with nothing. But, you know, we just put our net back into the water, and YOU, the members of St. James, provide.
There is ALWAYS enough for those who find what they need. And we thank YOU for that.
From November of 2015 to the present,
we have been able to serve over 100 families with clothing. One of our donors brought us 10 pairs of new shoes that had been on sale at a local shoe store. Several months ago, a neighbor came to the Food Pantry, and after receiving her bag of food, visited our side. She found one of the pairs of new shoes, thought it may fit, tried them on and almost immediately was in tears. This was the first pair of NEW shoes she had of her own in the past 10 years. Thank you St. James!
We have 2 loyal helpers who have been with us since the beginning of this year, faithful to be with us almost every Thursday we have been open. We are truly blessed by their commitment and desire to serve. We will continue to be open through the rest of March, and then will stop in preparation of Spring Fling. We will start back up again in October of 2016. We will continue to accept donations for the next few weeks – March is a very unpredictable month with weather. Thank you again St. James. May God continue to bless you as you bless others!
coat drive
                Karen & Mike Arny