Boston Globe: “His coat drive won’t stop even though he’s gone”

For 30 years, an unassuming gentleman, Mr. John Dodge of Bedford, MA hosted a winter coat drive every November. Over three decades,  he collected hundreds of coats, sending them to St. Francis House to be distributed to guests in need through our Fresh Threads clothing program.

This past August 2016, Mr. Dodge passed away. Check out the Boston Globe article that highlights this year’s new twist on the tradition, where his family has chosen to step up and continue in Mr. Dodge’s footsteps.

Here at St. Francis House we continue to be so inspired by the Dodge family’s committed generosity. If you would like to do a coat drive, contact Sharon Lee.

Boston Globe excerpt

Karen LaFrazia, the shelter executive director, said Dodge’s commitment to the St. Francis House was unwavering…while the coat donations help to keep people warm, Dodge’s actions did much more than that.

“It’s also like a big, warm, loving embrace. There’s an emotional message that can be translated in that,” she said. “If you think about it, John gave them all a big hug.”