Archdiocese of Newark to Distribute Hundreds of Free Coats to Children, Adults in Need Coat Giveaway at Newark Mercy House October 25

The Mercy House, a family-oriented resource and referral center operated by the Archdiocese of Newark, will distribute more than 300 free coats as well as other winterwear to children and adults in need.   Why: With the cold weather fast approaching, staying warm is especially crucial for those without homes and people in need. To help families and individuals who lack the financial resources to purchase winter apparel, The Mercy House will distribute hundreds of new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves that were generously donated by Archdiocese of Newark employees, parishes, and individual donors.   When: Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m.

 620 Clinton Ave., Newark, N.J., 07108   Who: Cheryl A. Riley, director of The Mercy House and the archdiocesan Respect Life Office, will lead a team of staff and volunteers to distribute the items.   The Mercy House regularly provides nonperishable food, clothing, baby supplies, furniture, and help finding work and housing to anyone in need. For more information, visit  

About the Archdiocese of Newark   The Archdiocese of Newark serves 1.3 million Catholics throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. There are 212 parishes, 73 Catholic schools, and many missions and ministries in the Archdiocese. Hundreds of Masses are celebrated in more than a dozen languages each week. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the sixth archbishop of Newark, leads the Archdiocese with four auxiliary bishops. Together, they serve the northern New Jersey community through faith, education, and social services. For more information, visit