The church collects winter clothing to help children and their families

O’FALLON, Mo. – The weather will get colder over the next two months and some families may not have the winter clothing they need.

SunRise Church in O’Fallon, Mo., partnered with Thrivent Financial for a Sunday morning winter coat drive, and those who donated received a free coffee or bakery item at Enjoy the Journey Coffee.

The church collected new and gently used coats, jackets, scarves, gloves and hats.

All items collected will be delivered to local school districts for families in need.

“The need is great. Even though we live in a fairly affluent area, there are still many fragile families who need these types of items,” said Andrea Filla, director of Food for Hope at SunRise Church, and so we are able to partnering with local school districts to help them alleviate some of the needs here.

The church has partnered with Thrivent, a nonprofit financial services organization.

“We give back to the community with a portion of our fraternal dollars. So as an advisor, I get an amount to spend on community events, so I usually partner with SunRise and other churches in the community,” said Kelly Brickner, Thrivent Wealth Advisor.

The church also helps children and their families in other ways.

“Food for Hope here in SunRise helps provide non-perishable food items to middle and high school students and their families here around SunRise and O’Fallon and also in the city of St. Louis,” Filla said.

Clothing will be distributed over the next few weeks. There is another winter coat drive next Sunday at the Living Lord Lutheran Church.

Elizabeth J. Harless