The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we conduct our annual Angels’ Closet coat distribution. This year our chairperson has set up a contactless delivery system. Whereas normally the children come to our center to be fitted, this year, on October 30th, our volunteers tagged and bagged 111 coats to distribute to our social service partners according to their requests for various sizes. We were also blessed with a generous donation from the Knights of Columbus, St. Sebastian Council 14696. They donated 52 warm winter coats to us to be distributed through our Angels’ Closet. The outreach from the Knights of Columbus and our own members’ donations and purchases made it possible to fill requests for approximately 150 new coats so far. Additionally, age-appropriate books donated by the Girl Scouts of Sacred Heart Elementary School in Pittsburgh were included with each coat.
The CCS of Pittsburgh will continue its Angels’ Closet in conjunction with our Social Service agencies until our requests are filled.