Ocoee Lodge hosting Men’s Clothing Drive for The Caring Place of Cleveland, TN

Make a Difference Day 2014
 
For the Make A Difference Day 2014Ocoee Lodge No. 97, IOOF of Cleveland, TN has decided to support The Caring Place and we are asking YOU to help us in our project! 
 
We want you to know that The Caring Place is a non-profit organization located in downtown Cleveland that continually supports the low income and homeless community by actively aiming to meet their specific needs regarding food, clothing, bodily care and household essentials.
The Caring Place is actively supported by many groups, churches, business and individuals in our community and is known throughout our community as a trusted and reliable resource for those in need.
 
Caring Place Statistics from 2012:
1,349: Average number of households served each month.
46,188: Total number of children who were assisted through The Caring Place. 
323,680: Total number of pounds of food given to those in need.
206,580: Total number of diapers given to struggling families.
219: Number of homeless served.
See more details here: http://thecaringplaceonline.org/
 
They are currently in greater need of specific items and that is where YOU can help!!!
1. They are in need of gently used clothing for men and mens shoes and socks.  
2. For the homeless population, travel size bottles of shampoo, washcloth, bar of soap, gloves, socks, razor, travel size toothbrushes/toothpaste, etc.
3. Their last need: If you have any **LARGE** size shopping bags (like from the department stores) they need those BADLY as well! (They have an abundance of regular sized plastic bags like the ones from Walmart-they don’t need those.)
 
IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE AND in order to facilitate this clothing and supplies drive, we, the members of Ocoee Lodge, are going to be accepting these items at the following functions (please just see one of us before or after the meeting) that one or more of the members of Ocoee Lodge will be in attendance at:
Saturday, March 15th: Joint Official Visit at Manchester #201 & Dorcas #88, Manchester, TN
Thursday, March 20th: Grand Master’s Official Visit at Excelsior Lodge #342, Thorn Grove, TN
Saturday, March 22nd: Grand Master’s Official Visit at Clinton Lodge #18, Clinton, TN
Saturday, April 5th: Joint Official Visit at Harpeth #2 & Naomi #68, Pegram, TN
Saturday, April 12th: Joint Official Visit at Pythagoras #23 & Deborah #5, Clarksville, TN
Saturday, April 26th: Joint Official Visit at Sweetwater #280 and Sweetwater Rebekah #25, Sweetwater, TN
Saturday, May 10th: East Tennessee Odd Fellows Association Meeting, Ocoee Lodge, Cleveland, TN
Saturday, May 17th: Joint Official Visit at Tennessee #1 and Banner #6 & Bi-Annual Meeting, Gallatin, TN
 
We will be presenting these items to The Caring Place the week of May 19th. We hope you will help us fill this need!
 
So, now is the time! Get your spring cleaning mind on and share your gently used men’s clothing and shoes, and other needed items to help us Make a Difference in 2014! 
Sincerely & Fraternally,
The Members of Ocoee Lodge No. 97, IOOF
Cleveland, TN

 

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