If you’ve been following your local news station lately, you might recognize our friend, Sandro. A few weeks ago, he was featured on the Rachael Ray Show for the huge impact he’s had on the lives of patrons who eat at TASK — and it all started with one simple idea.
Three years ago, after discovering that many members of his community struggled to find shelter during cold winter months, Sandro decided he would create a place where people could go and get free jackets to stay warm. With help from his mom and dad, he built a coat rack and worked with friends, classmates and neighbors to collect and organize the donations from his own home. A few days later, Sandro and his dad placed the coat rack near the main entrance of the soup kitchen with an inviting message: “Are you cold? Please take one.” This was the start of Sandro’s Coat Rack.
For low-income families who struggle to afford winter jackets, Sandro’s Coat Rack has addressed a critical need: clothing to provide warmth. Patrons look forward to finding new items every other day when Sandro returns to re-stock the rack with new and gently used items that have been generously donated by inspired coat rack supporters across Mercer County. To date, Sandro’s Coat Rack has distributed more than one thousand jackets to families living in Trenton.
Sandro’s Coat Rack is one example of how Little hands can make a big difference. If you have an idea or would like to learn more about how you can help TASK patrons, please contact Charlie Orth, Volunteer Coordinator at (609) 695-5456 X 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After hearing word of Sandro Cunningham, and the amazing work he was doing in his community, Burlington Stores decided to help. On March 26th, they made a $5,000 donation to TASK, and provided 1000 coats for Sandro to distribute using his coat rack.