ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Now that the cold weather has arrived, there are hundreds of residents in Rockland County who have to worry about putting food on their tables and simply don't have the money to purchase a warm coat or sweater to help keep them, and their children warm.
To help make sure all Rockland residents are bundled up this year, Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul (D-Nanuet) and Legislature Chairman Alden H. Wolfe (D-Montebello) have partnered with People to People to conduct a Winter Coat Drive in hopes that residents will clean out their closets and donate to those in need.
People to People is Rockland’s largest food pantry and also provides school supplies; holiday gifts for children; and clothing for newborns, school children, professionals seeking jobs and others. The agency helped nearly 14,000 Rockland households last year.
“Many of the children who come here just don't have adequate winter clothing, and that includes coats,” People to People's Executive Director, Diane Serratore, said. “Just as troubling is that their parents don't, either. When you're working to put food on the table, sometimes a winter coat cannot be a priority, even when it's freezing outside.”
Paul said the Winter Coat Drive addresses essential needs: “A winter coat not only helps keep our neighbors warm, it lets them know that they are not invisible and that they are not forgotten,” Paul said.
Wolfe is encouraging residents to check their closets and donate whatever they can in effort to help.
"Many people have extra coats and sweaters that they just don’t wear anymore. By donating this clothing, you can help a neighbor and their children keep warm this winter,” Wolfe said.
New or gently-used coats and sweaters for children and adults are being accepted until Dec. 31 at the Legislature’s Office in the Allison-Parris County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.
For more information, call 845-638-5100.