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Monday, November 18, 2013

New Haven launches coat drive to aid homeless

NEW HAVEN >> The city has launched a coat drive to benefit homeless shelters that operate here.

Donations of new or gently used and clean coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for men, women and children can be left in the Youth Services office on the first floor of City Hall at 165 Church St., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 2.
 
In the photo: l to r, Sheree DiMario, development associate; Katheryn Myler, development manager; Stan Rosen, head of maintainance, all for Columbus House; and Althea Marshall Brooks, community services administrator for the city at the overflow talk at the shelter on Cedar Street.
Anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for a chance to "turn on the lights" at New Haven’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. on the Green, according to a release. The winning donor will be notified on Dec. 3.

"Especially during these tough economic times, there is a real need for donations of warm clothes for the homeless among us, which includes many children. I encourage everyone to remember those who need assistance," Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. said, also in the release. "The goal is to deliver hundreds of coats to various homeless shelters in New Haven in the first week of December."

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