At the beginning of last month, Margaret Eldredge, a parishioner at First Congregational Church of Chatham, dropped off several bags full of clothes for clients in HAC’s shelters.
The donations were tied to a drive organized by Amy Middleton, the church’s director of Christian education and family ministries.
The church holds these drives every year, Middleton said, as a way to help those most in need in the community. Several of the items, including winter hats and mittens, were knit by those in the congregation, including Eldredge.
Middleton said giving back is rooted in the church’s work. “So many of us who have children and are younger who live on the Cape, we love, love it here, but it is a struggle to keep yourself afloat,” she said. “It is eye opening and enlightening for people in the congregation to hear about the need over and over again. They forget that and think people here year-round are living like summer people and they’re not.”