As the weather gets colder, the struggle to stay warm gets tougher. Especially for those who can’t afford to.
The Sisters of the Presentation are a a faith-based community looking to help those in need. Through one of their ministries Caminando Juntos, they’re looking to help the growing Hispanic population in Sioux Falls.
Caminando Juntos stands for “Walking Together.”
“We’re partnering with HyVee through the whole month of January collecting caps, scarves, mittens, gloves for the people at Caminando Juntos, which is our ministry,” Sister Patrick Murphy said.
They’re collecting donations through a program they call “Warm A Neighbor.”
“We just – the sisters and everyone that serves at Caminando, they’ve just found that a lot of the people – our clients – are coming in and don’t have any of those warm winter items and that’s how this came about,” Jem Rothenbuehler.
“So this is the fifth year that we’ve been doing this. We started, yeah, five years ago; from the very beginning we’ve had some amazing partners: HyVee, Life 96.5, and now Coffea Coffee shops are now partners,” Rothenbuehler said.
“Last year we had over 500 items donated and this year, so far, we’ve had about 300 that we’ve given out and we have more that are still coming in. So we’re anticipating to exceed that 500 mark,” April Ross said.
They take all items ranging from gloves, hats, mittens, and have even received many anonymous handmade items.
“Just like the ministry is all about it’s ‘welcoming the stranger,’ so by giving these small gestures of items out to the clients there, they feel welcome to Sioux Falls and to the community and just a great way to give back,” Rothenbuehler said.
Helping out your fellow neighbors, new or old, is a path we all can walk, together.
“We’re so fortunate to live in a community where there are a lot of people willing to give and help their neighbors,” Ross said.
You can find several spots to drop off clothes around Sioux Falls, like your closest HyVee or Coffea coffee shop.
The drive goes all the way until the end of January.