With the onset of winter, the Tellico Village Community Church and community members recently donated warm clothing to those in need.
Held through Saturday, the annual collection of hats, socks and mittens attracted the Good Samaritan Center in Loudon County and the Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville.
For a few weeks, the church asked for donations of clothing such as headbands, socks, gloves, mittens and slides to be dropped off at the community church, wellness center and Chota recreation center. from the village of Tellico.
Community church mission team member Marion Elrod said the turnout seemed slightly lower than last year, though she remained happy with the amount donated.
A final amount could not be determined by the News-Herald presstime.
âI mean Tellico Village is amazing when it comes to their donations,â Elrod said. âIt’s a very caring community and one that gives in particular to Loudon and Monroe (counties). Of course, Kahite is in Monroe, so we have people in both counties. But we particularly insist on the two counties. The people here are amazing. I mean the people in our church are amazing. Because we have our mission team, we have a huge budget, so we support a lot of organizations in both counties.
This was the second year that Elrod spearheaded the collection. She said the support from the community is always “amazing”.
âIt’s such a generous community,â she says. â… We are very supportive of the communities of Loudon and Monroe and we strive to support and help them in any way we can. It’s always amazing, even the amount of time, effort, and money that is given to local organizations, and we strive for the local. We do a little bit in the communities and everything, but we try to focus on the local needs. “
Although still somewhat new to helping with the collection, Elrod is no stranger to the need for warm clothing in the community. She volunteered at the Good Shepherd Center for nine years.
âWe (at Good Shepherd) have a particular need right now for sweatpants, sweatshirts,â Elrod said. “… These are lightly used items and a lot of people here donate to – which is a great organization – the Good Neighbors Shoppe.” But this year we’re especially short of warm clothes – sweatpants, sweatshirts, warm jackets, sweaters, that sort of thing. We’re a little low all of a sudden.
Warm clothes are encouraged to be dropped off at the Good Shepherd Center, Elrod said.
âI think especially over the years like we’ve been through the last couple of years with COVID and people have lost their jobs and it’s been a real struggle to make ends meet, that’s one of the things people are cutting back, and so I think when you drive like that, it’s able to get clothes gloves and that sort of thing to keep people warm – and especially kids warm – just this time of year is priceless, âReverend Stephen Prevatte, Community Church Pastor, said. “It’s just an exciting and exciting thing for our congregation to be a part of.”
Clothing should be in both centers this week.
“They like it because – now it’s hot – but when it’s cold they will have a hat on their head, gloves on their fingers and hands and scarves around their necks,” said Evelyn Edwards, head of the Good Sam’s pantry. âSo that helps them a lot. Plus, it’s something that if there is a birthday present or something like that, they can give it to their family as well.