Seven years ago, area residents Viancia Roberson, Patricia Goree-Richards, Kisha Gunte, Terry Taylor, Viviana Carloss and Paula Washington had the desire to do something that would “make them feel good.” With the help of their kids, and donations from their friends, family, and coworkers, they created “The Hats, Scarves, & Glove Effort” to provide the less fortunate with the clothing they need to stay warm during the cold winter months.

Recently, the Effort has partnered with The City of Sacramento, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Quinn Cottages, and Loaves & Fishes to make their clothes drive more effective. Since then the number of items donated and volunteers has increased tremendously.

“I am very pleased with the growth of the annual effort,” says Viancia Roberson, a founding member of the effort and a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. A vast majority of the volunteers are youth from the community who gain service hours as part of their high school graduation requirements.

“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend has been identified as the Weekend of Service for the agencies and individuals that participate,” says Roberson.

If you are interested in donating to this effort, you can drop off donations at the George Sims Community Center at 6207 Logan Street in Sacramento, Monday thru Thursday until January 17th. The distribution of donated hat and scarves will be held on January 20th beginning at 9:30 am. Individuals and groups who would like to help pass out the donated wares are welcome to come and help. For more information see the flyer below.