Posted by James S. Rodgers on Apr 05, 2018
Rotary Grant delivers for local needy families.
At our last meeting the Treasurer corrected my figures, we raised and purchased twice as much as I originally reported!
In the Summer of 2017, one of our Rotarians - Gregg Bruff, approached the club with an idea.  Buying coats for needy Children.  This idea, brought up over dinner grew from the idea of collecting used coats to one of partnering with an organization, Operation Warm.  Through this established group, we were able to bulk buy brand new children's winter jackets for about $20.00 a piece.
So the idea was born and the club dedicated $2,000.00 to the cause and also applied to Rotary international, our parent organization, for one of their matching grants.  With the hard work of another one of our Rotarians,  Bonnie Eckenrode, we were awarded a matching grant of an additional $2,000.00.   This gave us enough funds to buy OVER 200 coats.
For distribution, we partnered with the local Food Pantry.  The one that used to operate out of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schwenksville.  That pantry had overgrown the space available to them and has been operating as the Daily Bread Food Pantry for several years now in Collegeville.   The Food Pantry is in the ideal position where they can both identify the need and handle the distribution discreetly.  The Pantry felt that distribution would help those with the greatest need if we waiting until after Christmas. 
In the end, we purchased 220 coats and the beneficiaries were all thrilled.