Selbyville group collecting clothing to keep veterans warm

Homeless veterans are once again the focus of a Selbyville group’s wintertime clothing campaign. The GFWC Selbyville Community Club is collecting warm clothing for their 2019 Coats & Sweats for Vets program until Tuesday, Dec. 31.

“For the past seven years, the GFWC Selbyville Community Club has collected warm coats and sweats for men and women who have served in the military and are now homeless,” the club announced. “This year, we are adding a request for warm socks to be distributed to homeless veterans in Delaware.”

Clothing is needed for men and women: adult-sized coats (new or gently used); sweat clothes (new or like-new); and warm socks (new).

The collection box is at Selbyville Town Hall, now located at the corner 1 W. Church Street, Selbyville. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (They will be closed for holidays on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.)

Every year, Selbyville Town Hall serves as the drop-off location.

“That’s a good project,” said Mayor Clifton Murray.

Everything will be given to the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans in Wilmington, which distributes them to veterans statewide.

People often find good donation items at home or at the store: during a good sale; during a seasonal wardrobe clean-out; while downsizing to a new home; or even seeking new purpose for deceased loved one’s wardrobe.

“People give stuff in very nice condition, sometimes new,” organizer Rita Hollada (pronounced “holiday”) had said in previous years. “We pick them up frequently during the campaign. …We bring them back and repair things, sew on buttons if there are slight repairs to be made. And then we box them up and take them up to the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans.”

Veterans have always been an emphasis of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, of which the community club is an affiliate.

The Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans provides housing and other supportive services in Wilmington, with hopes of eventually expanding into Sussex County. Their goal is to create self-sufficient veterans, though affordable housing, reintegration into the workforce, engagement with the VA Medical Center and other support services.

People can learn more about the center by calling (302) 691-7411 or online at Donations toward the housing center can be sent at


By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter