MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - It's a long journey from Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Reading Crest Avenue in Muhlenberg Township, but it's a trip that'll mean a lot to potentially thousands of people.
"We'll have some dress blouses, slacks. But it's largely winter items -- blankets, coats scarves, men's and women's," said Barry Seidel, the project leader.
The church has branches across the country, and members are bridging together to serve the community. Fourteen thousand pounds of winter clothing have been packed into a trailer. Some will be distributed Friday and Saturday to Reading-area families, and some will go to people in the Pottstown and Pottsville areas.
"It's really touching when you see mothers and some fathers, a lot of single mothers, and they have children," Seidel said. 'This is an answer to their prayers."
Over the next few days, it's going to take about 40 volunteers to sort through everything. It's a lot of work, but service is what it's all about.
"When you help someone else, you feel really good for them," said Seidel.
The clothing distribution isn't a free-for-all. To help the distribution run smoothly, the church has partnered with several groups centered around serving low-income families. More than 3,200 vouchers were given out. Those with vouchers will be able to be outfitted for the winter.
"We're just glad to work with the other organizations in the Reading area and able to touch people's lives," said Seidel.