While last weekend's early snow storm brought a great deal of discomfort and inconvenience to area residents, it could also be an opportunity for the community to think of what it might be like to be a child out in the cold when the winter season comes on in earnest.
When you pull your children's cold-weather gear out of the cedar chest, keep in mind the gently used garments your boy or girl no longer needs, could have a new life protecting another child from Nor'easters to come. Why not pass them on instead of casting them off?
From Monday, November 7 through Friday, November 11, clean coats, gloves, hats and boots can be dropped off at Rye city schools, Dollar Cleaners in Port Chester and in Rye Brook says Children's Collective volunteer Louise Sullivan.
The following Tuesday, November 15, items can be dropped at basement.
The Children's Collective, a Rye-based non-profit organization, has been getting gloves, coats, jackets and hats to needy children by way of shelters, transitional housing facilities, community centers and schools in Port Chester, The Bronx, Harlem, Queens, Bridgeport and Yonkers for the past 20 years.
They hope the community will make their twenty-first drive a huge success.
After the Coat Drive, the Collective will turn their attention to gathering gifts for their Holiday And Birthday Angel Drives. More than 150 children in foster care will receive something special because of Rye volunteers and donors. Not to mention the more than 10,000 books they have distributed during their spring project.
For more information about the Coat Drive and other Children's Collective projects, contact Louise Sullivan at TheCCollective@aol.com or call 967-2271.