Friday, January 23, 2015

Redskins' Darrel Young, #36, Makes a Play for our Annual Coat Drive

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Swaths of burgundy and gold were bursting out of the multipurpose room of St. Francis Xavier Church, where our Joseph’s Coats of Many Colors Coat Closet is located. And for a good reason.

On January 22, The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, along with fullback Darrel Young, #36, donated more than 40 heavy duty coats (each costing upwards of $200), boxes of thermal shirts and sweatshirts, as well as a $10,000 check to help sustain the coat drive in the future. 

These donations to Joseph’s Coats of Many Colors Coat Drive and Coat Closet, which last provides winter gear to local men, women and children, are a huge boost in making sure everyone in need can stay warm. Last year, the coat drive collected and distributed over 9,000 coats.

"Partnerships like the one we have with the Redskins keep our programs going," Father John said. "We wouldn't be able to serve the number of many people as we do without their support."

Darrel Young, along with Mary Kellar of the Kellar Family Foundation, presented the check to Father John Enzler and Deacon Jim Nalls.

“You see so many people on the street without jackets, and so many kids who are cold who go to school without coats. It’s cold up here [in the Washington, DC region], so any opportunity I have to help them out with a coat or jacket, I will,” Young said.

Young, who was also named the Redskins’ Man of the Year for community involvement and service, wants to make an impact in the lives of the people he meets.

“You want them walk away and think, ‘they made me feel better about who I am today,’” Young said.

The Redskins coats also come with a touch of nostalgia – many of the garments donated were once used by players themselves. Future coat owners may find that they are donning a coat formerly belonging to one of their favorite sports figures.

Have a coat to donate or know someone who could benefit from a coat this winter? There’s still time!

We’re collecting coats on Friday, February 13 at St. Patrick’s Church (4101 Norbeck Road) in Rockville and at Catholic Charities (855 Main Street) in Prince Frederick. Our coat closet will be open on Saturday, February 14, in the multipurpose room at St. Francis Xavier Church.