Winter’s coming, and it will soon be time to dive into the closet and dig out those cold weather coats, gloves and scarves that we all cherish. Many of us are lucky enough to have a full seasonal wardrobe. Some of us aren’t so lucky.
For that reason we applaud efforts to collect winter clothes for those low-income folks who need some help fighting off the frigid temperatures.
Locally, one of the major efforts is that of Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, who is collaborating with the Utica Comets and the Utica City Football Club to begin collecting items for her Winter Accessories Drive at various drop-off locations in the 119th Assembly District.
The drive, which runs through Dec. 3, will provide children and young adults with winter items such as hats, gloves and scarves. These items will be donated to the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, The Center and Upstate Cerebral Palsy.
New items can be brought to the assemblywoman’s district office at 207 Genesee St., Room 401, Utica. Other drop-off locations include the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, Dunham Public Library in Whitesboro, Floyd Town Hall, Frankfort Town Hall, Jervis Public Library in Rome, Marcy Town Hall, Mohawk Valley Community College Rome and Utica campuses and the Whitesboro Village Board office.
As the assemblywoman noted: “As winter approaches, it’s important to recognize that many hardworking families struggle to provide their children with essential items for the bitter cold we experience in upstate New York.”
Drives like this, she added, help bring us all together, a single community looking out for residents in need.