HM Home Health Services, a division of Humility of Mary Health Partners, presented Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown with more than 60 coats and dozens of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for distribution to needy families throughout Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.
Employees of HM Home Medical Equipment, HM Home Care and HM Home Pharmacy
donated coats and cash to buy coats, and management matched those donations. Collectively, they purchased 42 new coats for men, women and children. The new coats were delivered to Catholic Charities Dec. 22 along with 20 gently used coats and "a huge bag full of new hats, gloves and scarves," says Leslie Costlow, who serves on the HMHP Home Health Services Employee Advisory Committee, which organized the coat drive.
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Carole Pegues, Catholic Charities program assistant; Nancy Voitus, Catholic Charities executive director; and HMHP Home Health Services employees Nancy Sheehan, LeChelle Irizarry, Leslie Costlow and Rolande Robbins help sort the winter wear collected for Catholic Charities.
The need for larger size coats for adults is greatest, Costlow notes, so committee members made a special effort to ensure those sizes were among those delivered to Catholic Charities. All of the coats and jackets are machine washable, she adds, so recipients won't incur expensive dry-cleaning bills to maintain the cleanliness of their new outerwear.
During the drive, employees of HM Home Health Services also collected gently used clothing for distribution to needy families through a local church.