Coat Distribution Helps Warm Up Lowcountry Residents

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Rural Mission News | Comments Off on Coat Distribution Helps Warm Up Lowcountry Residents

While Rural Mission has participated in coat distributions in the past, this year we took it up a notch.

Two members of the Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia started this ministry more than 10 years ago, however this is the first time they have shared their coat distribution, “Coats for Kindness,” on the Sea Islands.


After connecting with Rural Mission, the United Methodist Church decided to bring their “Coats for Kindness” to the Lowcountry.

The pastor of the church, Reverend James (Mike) Smith and the congregation has a history of ministry with Rural Mission.


Hosted on a Saturday, the coat distribution gave away more than 125 coats for children, young adults and adults. People came from near and far to stock up on warm coats for their families, leaving only 10 coats untouched.

“This was such a blessing as they made this great sacrifice on a Saturday afternoon,” said Linda Gadson, president of Rural Mission. “All of the families who received, especially the grandparents, were so touched by this experience. All of the coats were brand new!”


With such a great turnout, both Rural Mission and the United Methodist Church in Columbia look forward to hosting a coat distribution for many more years!