Donation to Rescue Mission
DOING GOOD WITH DENIM — Volunteers get ready to drop off 665 pairs of new and gently used blue jeans to the Rome Rescue Mission to aid the homeless. The community service project was sponsored by the Rome Rotary Club and the local chapter of Zonta International. The men’s, women’s and children’s jeans were collected from Mohawk Valley Community College students, the Westernville Town Library, the Westernville Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and citizens of Rome, Camden and Oneida. Tricia Loso, of Rome, brought 28 pairs of blue jeans to a collection sight and received a prize from the project committee. Gathering to donate the jeans were, from left: Frank Till; Carla Till; Rome Rotary President Steve Mercurio; Glen Bahr; Kyle Cairns, Keith Butters and Don Scheulter. “Our homeless population are at a constant risk of exposure during the fall and winter seasons. Blue jeans are durable, comfortable and thermal under garments can easily be worn with them. We are often asked for clothing and blue jeans are the first choice of most,” said Matt Miller, executive director of the Rome Rescue Mission during the project’s kickoff in November.