New York may have had a slow start entering its winter wonderland, but as the holidays approach, Sheepshead Bay’s priorities have shifted to keeping warm. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, in league with Met Council and Madelaine Cleaner’s, are spearheading efforts this year to collect winter coats for the needy.
Noting that this year’s state of economic duress may contribute to more of us going cold this year, Sheepshead Bay’s Cymbrowitz states, “We’re in a community where most of us can afford to purchase new coats,” and urges us to “please look through your closets for coats that you will no longer wear. As long as they are wearable, Met Council will accept them and put them to very good use.”
Though last year’s collection was considerable, this year they expect not as many people will purchase new threads because of the economy. The hope is that our community’s generosity will continue, if not increase. Madelaine Cleaners’ owner Eric Lederman has expressed his desire to do “whatever it takes” to collect more coats. The bottom line is without community support, there are no coats for the less fortunate.
Want to warm some hearts this holiday season? Drop your donations off at either Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road or to Madelaine Cleaners at 1616 Avenue M. If you’ve gotten something sportier and trendier this season, why not make some room in your closets before spring arrives?