If this year’s winter was anything like last year’s (Oy! Please, let it not be…), and the economy continues to suck pond water, then it’s a pretty safe bet that some of our less fortunate members of humanity will need a winter coat to help keep them warm.
New York Cares is kicking off the New York Cares Coat Drive, starting today, November 15, through December 31. From a press release they sent us:
Keep New Yorkers warm by signing-up to host a coat collection during this year’s New York Cares Coat Drive, which begins taking coats on November 15, 2011. Each winter, thousands of New Yorkers are forced to choose between buying a warm coat and putting food on the table, heating their homes, or meeting other basic survival needs. That’s why for the last 23 years, New York Cares has collected new and used winter coats each holiday season, and distributed them to men, women and children who would otherwise go cold. Health Plus is the Presenting Sponsor of the Coat Drive.
There is no reason why a person should have to choose between warmth and a hot meal. It doesn’t take but a few minutes to go through your closets and pick out old or barely used winter coats, which can be put to much better use when donated to a person in need.
’Tis the season to do this one small mitzvah.
To learn more, visit www.newyorkcares.org or call (212) 228-5000.