The "Code Blue" program is the way to help.

Mel Trotter Ministries is collecting new and like-new winter clothing items as it prepares to serve thousands of men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness in greater Grand Rapids this winter. “Code Blue” is a term used at MTM when freezing and extreme temperatures threaten the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness.

They need New/like-new hats, gloves, coats, water proof boots, long underwear, wool or fleece socks and new hand warmers. Seems simple, doesn't it, but to those who are homeless, they're not, they're life savers.

From now through December 31, look for the blue barrels labeled “Code Blue Drive” at Mel Trotter Ministries (225 Commerce Avenue SW), its two retail stores (Sparta & Jenison), Gilmore Collection restaurants: The B.O.B., Bostwick Lake Inn, Bluewater Grill, Rose’s on Reeds Lake and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids branch locations including: David D. Hunting, Mary Free Bed, Wolverine Worldwide, Visser, and Lowell YMCAs.

Courtesy Mel Trotter Ministries
Courtesy Mel Trotter Ministries

Mel Trotter's Abbey Sladick told us,  “We’ve seen individuals and families come to us in shorts and flip flops in the middle of the winter. When someone is in crisis, they aren’t necessarily focused on having the proper winter attire.”

The Code Blue Drive is a chance to show your love and compassion of Jesus to your neighbors. It's already cold enough now, but just wait for winter. Let's all make sure we help out NOW!

For a complete list of items needed for the drive and locations CLICK HERE!

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