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December 9, 2010

Twenty children recently each received  a new winter coat from the 65-member Middletown (Del.) congregation during their second annual Coats for Kids program. Clinton Perkins, Community Services leader for the church, works with Social Services to get the names of local families in need. Church members provide the funds, and Perkins purchases the coats. The children and their families are invited to come to the church for lunch on a Sabbath afternoon and each child is given a brand new coat, hat, gloves and a children’s’ Bible.
“The church is off the beaten path,” said Perkins. “We want the community to know that our members are here for them when they need us.”
He enjoys handing out the coats because the kids “don’t hold back their emotion. They smile and laugh and get excited.”
The event opens the door for parents to become familiar with the church and have an opportunity to learn about Seventh-day Adventists. One mother had several questions, and especially wanted to know more about the Sabbath said Perkins.

Doug Rennewanz

Photo by:
Tyrone Collick

Local children receive new coats donated by members of the Middletown church in Delaware.
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