Tri-City Union Gospel Mission receives large clothing donation
Men staying at the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission who need a change of clothes this holiday season receive some much needed help thanks to a big donation.
The Richland branch manager of the uniform company UniFirst, dropped off 500 pieces of clothing for men staying at the mission.
This is one of the biggest clothing donations the mission has ever seen, and with the cold temperatures coming up, men staying at the mission say it will make a big difference.
Steve Green has been staying at the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission for about a year, and says many of the men staying with him rely on help from others to survive.
"Oh, it'll make a big difference. Most of these guys here, they get their clothes from donations" said Green.
This morning, Perry Pierce from UniFirst dropped off 500 pieces of clothing from used uniforms for people at the mission to wear in the coming winter months.
"It's huge. You can imagine what it's like to only have the clothes on your back, or maybe an extra set of clothes in your backpack. So having nice clean clothes donated to give to men, it's huge" said Andrew Porter, Tri-City Union Gospel Mission.
The large donation started out as a conversation at a charity event between Pierce and Mike Levin, the general manager of Action Auto Services in Pasco.
Pierce was looking for a way to get his company involved in the community, and Levin knew the mission needed help.
"We sat at a table, and one day, we just decided, hey, I've got some means that can help some people with clothes, and Mike had some people that we could talk to. And badabing, here we are today" said Pierce.
"It's a great donation. It's a great cause and we're just happy to be a part of it and make a difference" said Levin.
Those staying at the mission say the donation has already made a difference.
They say it's comforting to know that the community literally has their backs.
"Yeah, they do. They definitely got our backs here" said Green.
Pierce says UniFirst plans to make a donation to the mission each quarter, as other companies upgrade their uniforms and turn in their old ones.
Right now, there are about 115 men staying at the shelter - it is at capacity.
Volunteers at the mission say this time of year, the mission starts to get packed.