Winter coat drive to benefit Rockland residents

NEW CITY – Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul has partnered with People to People to conduct a winter coat drive for the benefit of area neighbors.

New or gently-used coats for children and adults are being accepted until December 20. Drop off donations are being accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at the legislature offices in the Allison-Parris County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.

People to People is Rockland County’s largest food pantry and also provides school supplies; holiday gifts for children; and clothing for newborns, school children, professionals seeking jobs and others.

The agency provided assistance to close to 14,000 county households last year and uses 35 percent of all funds donated and collected to services. Seven percent is used for overhead expenses, said People to People’s Executive Director Diane Serratore.

“Life’s circumstances can change quickly – the loss of a job, the sudden death of a spouse, a traffic accident – can cause drastic change in one’s ability to put food on the table and make ends meet,” she said.

Many people who use People to People’s services simply don’t have adequate winter clothing, including winter coats,” said Serratore. Hats, gloves and scarves are also accepted as part of this year’s winter coat drive.

Legislator Paul has sponsored a winter coat drive annually since 2015, partnering with local social services agencies assisting county residents, including Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland and Helping Hands of Rockland, as well as People to People.



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