Keep Our Neighbors Warm, now in its 5th year, is an annual event put on by the Women with a Vision Ministries here in Connecticut. The most recent event took place on Saturday, December 10th at Capital Community College, where one of the members of the ministry, Marva Patterson, graduated.
Keep Our Neighbors Warm is a community event where donations of coats, footwear, hats, gloves, scarfs, sweaters, and blankets are accepted and then distributed to those in need. The winter drive begins in September of each year. Women with a Visions Ministries seeks donations from consignment stores, churches, and other local organizations. The items are then given out beginning in December. Last winter roughly 1500 individuals received warm clothing and accessories.
This annual program is one of many that is held each year by Women with a Vision Ministries. Around Mother’s Day the organization collects wallets, purses, and totes for the women at the Interval House and The Salvation Army Marshall House. Interval House provides services to break the cycle of domestic violence. Interval House is dedicated to providing services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. The Salvation Army House helps those in need in both Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Marva states, “I don’t take credit for what God has commissioned me to do as an ambassador of Jesus Christ. We are on this earth to help one another. The reason I sent the information to you was because there are people out there that can help us help others.”