The Washington, DC and Montgomery County (Maryland) regions held a coat drive in October to benefit the Father McKenna Center, which serves homeless men and needy families and seniors in Washington. We collected 57 winter coats—many of them brand new—to distribute to homeless men. Those who could not bring coats brought socks (about 75 pairs) or food (some 35 bags full).


The drive was contact-free. Donors coming in person drove up and popped their trunks, and the Malta volunteers took their contributions. Other donors ordered their contributions online and had them delivered directly to Barbara Patocka’s house. Still others made financial contributions, which are still coming in and will probably exceed $1,500.