Agencies Partner To Help Richmond's Seniors Through the Share the Warmth Program
The City of Richmond launched the 4th Annual Share the Warmth program in October to assist those in the community needing blankets, coats, jackets and other warm clothing. The donation period of the program ran from mid-October to mid-November and involved three drop locations in the City as well as support from four City of Richmond churches- First Baptist Church, St. Johns United Methodist Church, Calvary Episcopal Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This year’s Share the Warmth event pulled in a couple of hundred warm items including blankets and coats to go to assist those in need in the City of Richmond.
While the City began this program based on a community conversation had by Mayor Evalyn Moore four years ago, getting donations into the hands of those in need within the city required agency partnerships. The City partnered with Fort Bend Women’s Center Pennywise ReSale Center on Hwy 90 for distribution preparation and merchandise cards which are then given to Richmond seniors so they are able to redeem them to get blankets, coats or any item of their choice! Fort Bend Seniors assists to get the merchandise cards along with a note to the approx. 60+ City of Richmond seniors who are their clients through their Meals on Wheels Program.
This Share the Warmth Program has grown to a valuable partnership between these 3 entities to serve our Richmond citizens.
Richmond Commissioners Terry Gaul and Barry Beard, Mayor Evalyn Moore, Fort Bend Seniors’ CEO Manuela Arroyos, Development Director Leah Ghobrial and Outreach Manager Rick Branek