Blessings were in abundance at Marshalltown's Caring Center Inc. Monday morning courtesy of the town's Edward Jones offices.
The blessings were in the form of approximately 300 winter wear items, such as coats, gloves, hats, mittens and scarves and socks - all donated by company clients and the public.
Greta Thomae of Marshalltown contributed 50 hats she hand-knitted to the effort.
T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY
Edward Jones representatives are shown donating a variety of winter wear as part of their annual “Hats and Mittens” campaign at the Caring Connection Monday morning. From left are Dan Burns, Bruce Wirin, Shanna Turner and Zach Wahl all of Marshalltown.
Financial advisors Dan Burns, Shanna Turner, Zach Wahl and Bruce Wirin, all of Marshalltown, collected the items at their respective offices.
"We significantly exceeded last year's total of 175," said an excited Wahl.
"We want to thank our customers and the public for their charitable contributions to a great cause ... especially during the holidays," Burns said.
"It is fun to share with the children of our community," Wirin said.
CCI volunteers gladly accepted two large boxes of the winter wear - all badly needed according to volunteer Christal Tiger.
"Winter is long in Iowa," she said. "We won't put everything out all in once, but in portions, so that all will have a chance to get what they need."
Store patrons immediately began going through the donated goods after they were put out.
Christal said CCI was still in need.
"We could use more men's winter coats and shoes," she said.
Monday's delivery marked the third consecutive year company representatives have contributed winter clothing to the charity.
CCI, 110 W. Main St., is a not-for-profit organization which disburses clothing and small appliances free-of-charge to needy residents.
It is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization, supported totally by private donations and volunteers.
It receives no government funding.
CCI has provided the needy with bedding, used clothing and small household items since 1985.
Hours are 10 to 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.