Grace Wins Haven accepted a donation of large boxes of gloves from JC Market in Toledo last week just in time for Thanksgiving, just one of several local businesses to donate items to the day shelter in Newport.
“We received some gloves and some hats,” said Cynthia Wells, volunteer coordinator and board member at Grace Wins Haven. “We received donations from Walmart, also.”
The day shelter, according to volunteers, assists about 50 clients a day and 45-50 every night during the months the warming shelter is open. The warming shelter opened recently for the winter season.
Wells said the organization gets donations from local businesses, as well as families and individuals in the community to benefit the clients in need who come to Grace Wins Haven for help. The organization’s workers also work with those who use the shelter to acquire items families need or want during the holiday season.
“We have 175 names of individuals that have Christmas requests,” Wells said of the organization’s list. “They ask for phones, boots, a DVD player, a bicycle for a six-and-a-half-year-old boy, socks, pants, power tools, Power Rangers morphers, clothing, sweatshirts, underwear, leggings, art stuff, makeup, earbuds, baby dolls, learning games — just everything.”
Wells added she and other workers expect more donations to come in before the holiday season, although she doesn’t know which local stores plan to donate to Grace Wins before the end of the year.
In addition to donations, Grace Wins Haven workers are also looking for volunteers to staff the warming shelter at night during the winter months. The warming shelter is open from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Sunday night to Friday morning each weekend at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
“We also need volunteers here during the daytime,” Wells said of the day shelter at 437 NE 1st St. in Newport.