Let’s honor Old Burgundy by supporting the needy

Jim Memmott from the Democrat & Chronicle encourages supporting charitable organizations that help the needy in honor of his quarantine shirt, Old Burgundy.

As close readers of this column know, six weeks ago I was on the verge of giving up Old Burgundy, the long-sleeved, wine-red T-shirt that I had been wearing nearly every day since we began sheltering in place.

Old Burgundy and other faithful companions have served well, but it's time.

I’m happy to report that I’m the grateful recipient of two new Old Burgundies. In addition, the original Old Burgundy has been granted a new life. More about that in a moment.

But first, because I’ve been the recipient of such kindness, and because I have more than enough shirts, I’d like to suggest donations in Old Burgundy’s name to any group that’s clothing and feeding the needy.

I’m sending my contribution to the House of Mercy in Rochester, which for 35 years has provided food, clothing and shelter to the homeless.

To prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus, the shelter can’t accept donations of clothing at this time. “But we can always use money,” Sister Grace Miller, the shelter’s founder and executive director, told me. “We have so many people to take care of.”

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