What: Mel Trotter Ministries is collecting new and like-new winter clothing items as it prepares to serve thousands of men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness in greater Grand Rapids this winter. “Code Blue” is a term used at MTM when freezing and extreme temperatures threaten the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness.
Items Needed: New/like-new hats, gloves, coats, water proof boots, long underwear, wool or fleece socks and new hand warmers
When: October 22 through December 31, 2018
Where: Look for the blue barrels labeled “Code Blue Drive” at Mel Trotter Ministries (225 Commerce Avenue SW), its two retail stores (Sparta & Jenison), Gilmore Collection restaurants: The B.O.B., Bostwick Lake Inn, Bluewater Grill, Rose’s on Reeds Lake and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids branch locations including: David D. Hunting, Mary Free Bed, Wolverine Worldwide, Visser, and Lowell YMCAs.
“We’ve seen individuals and families come to us in shorts and flip flops in the middle of the winter. When someone is in crisis, they aren’t necessarily focused on having the proper winter attire,” said Abbey Sladick, VP of Communication at MTM. “The Code Blue Drive is an opportunity for our community to show the love and compassion of Jesus to their neighbors in need and help us stock up on items before severe weather hits.”