After spending the last year collecting 3,600 new winter coats for the less fortunate in the community, workers at the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office have started delivering their warm clothes.
Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and his team made three stops in Leominster on December 7, visiting the Spanish American Center, Leominster Police Department and the Catholic Charities Women’s Recovery Center to drop off nearly 260 new winter coats and clothing for the weather. cold for men, women and children.
“We want to express our sincere gratitude to the Sheriff, his staff and other donors for their continued support and donation of coats to benefit children and families during the cold and freezing New England winter,” said the Executive Director of the Spanish American Center, Neddy Latimer. âWith their generosity, we can help families in need stay safe and warm. They have been a true continuing blessing for our agency.
Evangelidis said the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a stagnant economy had made it difficult for his office to collect warm clothes this year.
âWhen we looked to revive this last year, due to COVID, we couldn’t collect (used clothes), so we had to buy all the new coats, which meant a big fundraiser,â he said. he explained, adding that there were concerns that this year’s campaign would be less successful. âBut somehow this community responded. We got our biggest grant ever, then the donations kept coming in, and before we knew it we were over $ 60,000 and we were able to host one of our biggest fundraisers. coats of all time.
The coat drive is organized in partnership with the St. Francis Community Health Foundation, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and the WooSox Foundation. Since its launch on November 10, this year’s coat drive has raised $ 61,000 through grants and donations, including a $ 20,000 grant from the St. Francis Community Health Foundation.
In addition to the Leominster locations, the Sheriff’s Office also made deliveries on December 7 to three locations in Gardner: the Gardner Community Action Committee, Alyssa’s Place, and the Food and Drink Recovery Center.
There will also be stops at organizations in Fitchburg, Milford, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Sutton, Uxbridge, Webster, West Boylston and Worcester.