NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday December 5th, the New York City Emergency Management Department and New York Cares distributed more than 300 winter coats at the Salvation Army in Harlem.
“Each winter, many New Yorkers face the extreme cold without a warm coat. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and can worsen existing medical conditions,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “It’s important to look out for vulnerable New Yorkers. You can make a difference by donating a coat to someone in need.”
Every year, the New York City Emergency Management Department collects new and gently used coats to donate to the New York Cares Coat Drive. This year, New York Cares aims to collect and distribute more than 130,000 coats. Through December 31, individuals can donate new or gently used, freshly laundered coats at hundreds of locations throughout the five boroughs including all NYC Police Precincts, and major transit hubs. For a full list of drop-off sites and other ways to keep New Yorkers warm, visit newyorkcares.org/coat-drive. New Yorkers can also participate in the 2018 New York Cares Coat Drive by texting the word “COAT” to 41444.
“With the weather in New York City just getting colder and colder, it is our responsibility as New Yorkers to check up on one another and make sure everyone stays warm and safe this winter. I encourage all New Yorkers to give back this holiday season and donate coats to New York Cares’ 30th Annual Coat Drive, and I thank NYC Emergency Management and NY Cares for spearheading this initiative for 30 years and counting,” said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.