We would like to ask people to check their linen closets to see if they have any single bed sheets in good shape that they would be willing to donate to the shelter. Our program partner, Bethesda Project, has a new policy that they can only provide new sheets to shelter guests. That’s caused a shortage — some of our guests might only have a wool blanket.
When representatives of Outreach SLG spoke with Bethesda Project about this new policy, Bethesda leaders admitted their best intention was leaving them facing a shortage of new sheets to distribute to their winter guests. Old First has asked if it would be all right if we collect “gently used” sheets and launder them before giving them to our guests. Bethesda has said that would be helpful.
Please bring any sheets your can donate to church on Sunday. You can place them in the baskets near the doors to the Sanctuary in the Upper Narthex (where we usually collect canned goods and clothing for the Saturday Cupboard). If you have any questions, please speak with Billi.