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New York Cares Coat Drive Extended

By Liz Goff

Each winter tens of thousands of New Yorkers are faced with a cold choice: buy a winter coat or put food on the table.

Since 1989, New York Cares has helped warm those in need by collecting more than one million coats for distribution to children and adults throughout the five boroughs.

But that was before Hurricane Sandy tore through the metropolitan area in October, devastating communities and leaving thousands of people homeless, with just a few possessions recovered from the storm damage.

Officials at New York Cares recently extended their 2012 coat drive, urging Queens residents to dig into their closets and donate gently used coats at all Police precincts in Queens or at collection centers located throughout the borough for distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims and others in need.

New York Cares has been collecting used coats since 1988, distributing up to 100,00 coats each year to New Yorkers who cannot afford to buy jackets and coats, agency director Gary Baglay said.

Volunteers at New York Cares told reporters the number of people seeking help this year has significantly increased. “The state of the economy has put more people out of work – forcing them to seek help from agencies like New York Cares,” volunteers said. “Storm victims and people who never thought they would need this kind of help are turning to us to help them stay warm.”

The Coat Drive has been extended into January, giving Queens residents more time to drop off jackets and coats at collection centers, a New York Cares spokesperson said.  

For locations of police precincts and collection centers or to make a financial donation, go to www.nycares.org.


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