New York Cares Asks For Coat Donations As Temperatures Drop

New York Cares Coat Drive
Photo credit Peter Haskell/WCBS 880
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With temperatures plunging, New York Cares is asking that New Yorkers donate used coats they no longer need.

The charity organization is in the midst of its annual coat drive and is relying on the generosity of New Yorkers to keep the less fortunate warm this winter.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports, the goal is to give out 100,000 coats and the charity is about halfway there.

The organization promises that whatever coats it get, it’ll find people who need them.

"If we get to 120, if we get to 130, they will go to good use because there's still a tremendous amount of need in our community,” said Gary Bagley, the executive director of New York Cares.

Among the partners they have to distribute the coats is the Department of Education, who gives coats to children whose parents cannot afford them.

“We worked with the community schools unit to get 10,000 coats to kids who are in our public schools and living in transitional housing,” Bagley notes.

If you get a new coat this holiday season, Bagley says please donate the old one.

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