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Nov 29 2023

New York Cares Spreads Warmth During 35th Annual Coat Drive with Coat Distribution to Students on November 29 Outside Upper Manhattan School

November 29
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

PS 171 M – Patrick Henry School
19 East 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue

Coat Drive distribution will support families in District 4, which serves a large number of students in temporary housing.

New York Cares will host a coat distribution for the 35th Annual Coat Drive, where volunteers will distribute about 400 warm winter coats to elementary students in-need on Wednesday, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the outdoor basketball court at PS 171 M-Patrick Henry, located at 19 East 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

  • First through fifth grade students from PS 171 M-Patrick Henry, will pick out and try on winter coats in front of mirrors starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • In partnership with UPS, the Official Logistics Partner for this year’s coat drive, a UPS driver will unload hundreds of winter coats from a UPS truck for the school distribution.
  • Brief remarks by Sapreet K. Saluja, Executive Director of New York Cares and Laura James, Vice President of Community Relations, The UPS Foundation will follow the coat distribution at 10:30 a.m.
  • Principal Aharon Schultz, as well as students from PS 171 M will also be available for interviews.

Now through December 31, New York Cares aims to raise $600,000 to warm up New York. Individuals and organizations can set up a coat collection or a virtual Coats+ fundraiser. Every $25 donation helps keep 10 New Yorkers warm and also provides essential volunteer programs that help break the cycle of poverty.

New York Cares has received a record number of nearly 200,000 requests for coats this season from nonprofit partners, representing many of the New Yorkers in-need who will be without a warm winter coat due to economic hardships. This year, New York Cares aims to collect more than 100,000 coats, all of which will be distributed during the winter season. New Yorkers can donate gently used, freshly laundered coats at several public collection sites, including FDNY Battalions, in each of the five boroughs. The New York Cares coat drive map includes information on this year’s collections with exact locations, dates, and hours of operation.

For the first time, WE ❤️ NYC, a campaign run by the Partnership for New York City, and New York area sports leagues and teams are coming together to support the coat drive with a focus on collecting and distributing warm winter coats to New Yorkers in need.

New York Cares is teaming up with UPS, a global logistics leader, to offer on-the-ground transportation and logistics assistance through a partnership that will establish a vital connection between donors and recipients. As the exclusive transportation partner, UPS will collect coat drive donation boxes from dozens of locations across NYC and transport them to various New York Cares intake facilities.

Since 1989, the New York Cares Coat Drive has collected over two and a half million winter coats for men, women, and children throughout the city. For more information on starting a coat collection, setting up a virtual Coats+ fundraiser, donating a coat and other ways to help keep New Yorkers warm, visit newyorkcares.org/coats.


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