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Thanks be to God for the wonderful support and commitment from the Eastern Shore Community in its participation in the Coat Closet ministry at Onley UMC.  Since the inception of this ministry ten years ago, over 6,000 coats have been distributed to our neighbors.


If an emergency situation should arise during a given month, please email  with details of coats needed and your contact information, and someone from the Coat Closet will respond.


We continue to accept cash donations as well as coats, hats, scarves, jackets, and gloves during the year.   If you wish to donate gently-used items, please either email us at or call 757.710.1524 to leave a message, and we will arrange a time to meet you at church for drop off or arrange to pick-up.   Cash donations may be sent to Onley UMC, P O Box 98, Onley, VA 23418; please note "coat closet" in the memo section of the check.


Thank you again for your support of this very worthwhile mission!   We are so very grateful for your continued support!

2023-24 Dates                New Time:  9:00 - 11:00 AM

November 11

December 16

January 13

February 10

Image by Brigitte Tohm

A Heartfelt Thank You!

At the close of the Coat Closet Ministry for the 2021-22  Winter season, on behalf of Onley United Methodist Church, thank you to the Eastern Shore community for all your generous donations to our Coat Closet ministry.  The goal of the coat closet is to make a difference in the lives of families in need.  With the help of donations from supporters such as you, we have been able to provide over 6,000 coats, countless hats, gloves and scarves to families in our community over the last 12 years.  Thank you once again for your heartfelt kindnesses and generosity.  Thanks be to God for His wonderful blessing on this much needed ministry!


Recap of the Days the Coat Closet has been open (one Saturday during the months of November, December, January, and February)


2010-11 Winter Season                  180 coats

2011-12 Winter Season                  250 coats

2012-13 Winter Season                  400 coats

2013-14 Winter Season                  497 coats

2014-15 Winter Season                  595 coats

2015-16 Winter Season                  610 coats

2016-17 Winter Season                  575 coats

2017-18 Winter Season                  350 coats

2018-19 Winter Season                  650 coats

2019-20 Winter Season                  525 coats

2020-21 Winter Season                  620 coats

2021-22 Winter Season                  800 coats

2022-23 Winter Season                  projected high need


Additional coats have been given out when the coat closet hasn’t been “open”  throughout the winter months when we have heard of individuals or families in need via telephone calls or emails.


Thank you again for your wonderful and continued support! 

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