Winter Coats Sought Through Jersey Cares Coat Drive

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MADISON — Residents are asked to make the holiday season a warm one for those in need by donating to a local collection for the 27th Annual Jersey Cares coat drive at the Madison Area YMCA.

Organizer Ava Haralampoudis, a junior at Madison High School, hopes to expand the success of last year’s drive, in which Madison residents donated more than 1,200 gently used winter coats.

The coat bin is located in the lobby of the Madison Area YMCA at 111 Kings Road. Madison Area YMCA is collecting through Friday, January 6.

“New Jersey families in need of proper clothing and shelter is a social problem in our town, our county, and state,” said Haralampoudis, whose family has organized the local effort for many years. “This coat drive will give more people than last year a little warmth during the cold months of winter.

“If you can, please look through your closets to find old coats that should be recycled for some needy individuals, and keep in mind we have so many people to help. Between the economic struggle in our state and inflation for housing – many residents lack sufficient funds to buy good coats. Giving coats to our neighbors will make a difference in their lives.”

Please note they only accept new and/or gently used coats and discourage donating stained or dirty coats.

Please DO NOT donate hats, gloves, scarves, or other clothing items.

“Please start thinking about that new coat that you or a family member might need to look sharp and stay warm during the coming winter months. Also, remember that your old coat will continue in another life, helping some individuals to fight the harsh winter weather that we experience every year in New Jersey,” Haralampoudis said.

To learn more about the Jersey Cares Coat Drive, visit click here.