Catholic Men's Fellowship seeks clothing

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - Updated: 10:22 am

Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh is seeking men’s winter clothing for distribution at the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter on Smithfield Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Items such as jeans, hooded sweaters, boots, heavy socks, gloves, thermal tops and bottoms, and heavy coats are needed.

The CMF Homeless Project encourages Catholic men to engage in community service for the poor and homeless, helping bring comfort and relief during cold nights. The group makes weekly deliveries to the shelter.

Santos Hernandez, a CMF officer and project manager, said, “The CMF takes its role to heart — to help spread the good news of salvation and to serve the needs of our brothers and sisters in need.”

Winter items are collected at parishes where marked box are designated for the homeless. The clothing is given out at the shelter that is operated by Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net.

The number of homeless people across the country is on the rise. In the Allegheny County alone, there are hundreds of men and women living without shelter. CMF is trying to serve them and possibly save lives.

“We look to the following Scripture that speaks to our hearts when serving the homeless men and women in our midst: ‘I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me,’” Hernandez said.

Anyone willing to help collect winter clothing for the homeless at their parish can e-mail Hernandez at 1026hernandez@gmail.com.

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