New York Cares and presenting sponsor Health Plus today announced the Harlem winner of the Winter Warmth Awards which recognize individuals and organizations that made the largest donations to the 23rd Annual New York Cares Coat Drive.The 2011 Winter Warmth NYPD Award Winner in Second Place was the 24thPrecinct for collecting 345 at 151 West 100th Street in Harlem.
“The individuals and organizations we honor in the Winter Warmth Awards helped us collect and distribute 77,000 coats, helping almost 20,000 more men, women and children than last year,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. “We’re grateful to everyone who supported the New York Cares Coat Drive. New Yorkers dug deep to help their neighbors in need, and their generosity was a lifeline for thousands of people in our community.”
The New York Cares Coat Drive is an annual lifeline for New York’s neediest citizens during the cold winter months. The Drive collects gently used adult and children’s coats during November and December throughout the metropolitan area, and distributes them to struggling men, women and children at homeless shelters, community organizations, and agencies for senior citizens.
The New York Cares Coat Drive, presented by Health Plus, is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. New York Cares has collected 1.5 million winter coats for men, women and children in need throughout the city since 1989. This year, New York Cares added twice as many public sites and started the Coat Drive two weeks earlier to meet unprecedented need.
For more information about New York Cares, visit www.newyorkcares.org or call (212) 228-5000.