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Holiday Help: Micah

The holidays are coming up fast, and this month, I’m telling you about opportunities to help others in our area this season. If you want a comprehensive list all at once, check out Rappahannock United Way’s holiday opportunities guide.

Today’s opportunity is Micah Ecumenical Ministries, which helps the area’s chronically homeless, recently homeless and potentially homeless. Winter is an especially rough time for the homeless, many of whom live outdoors. Micah will open its cold night shelter when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. But that leaves a lot of cold hours this winter.

This holiday season, Micah has a couple of chances to serve:

  1. Christmas Sock-ings: Micah hopes to give a Christmas socking to each of its clients this Christmas. Each socking is a pair of warm, thick, wool socks for men or women filled with treats and pinned together with clothespins and ribbon. These gifts make great projects for Sunday school classes, book groups, coworkers, families or other groups. Individuals can also make them. They should all include: a monthly FRED bus pass, gift cards for fast food or movies, and stamps. Extras include: small toiletries, hand warmers, candy, chap stick and personal holiday notes. Want to help? You can drop off complete Christmas sock-ings or stuffers at the Hospitality Center, 1013 Princess Anne St.; weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  2. Tents or sleeping bags: Micah buys tents and sleeping bags in bulk and at a special rate. The group needs $10,000 to buy its annual supply. Want to help? A donation of $25 will sponsor either a tent or a cold-weather sleeping bag. Wondering why Micah needs $10,000 each year. The average sleeping bag lasts 30 to 90 days and tents slightly longer, because of wear and theft.
  3. Winter gear: This isn’t a holiday drive, per se, but Micah needs the following winter items to give to clients: long underwear, men’s boots sizes 8 to 14, women’s boots sizes 7 to 12, men’s jeans sizes 30 to 42, and underwear for men and women.

Drop off any donations to Micah’s Hospitality Center, 1013 Princess Anne St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations can be mailed to: Micah Ecumenical Ministries, Box 3277, Fredericksburg, Va. 22402.

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