Be sure to donate any unused coats this winter
Dec 29, 2015 | 16491 views | 0 0 comments | 794 794 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Throughout the holiday season, it seems like dozens of local community groups and elected officials have been donating and holding toy drives. It's a special moment for any child to get a new toy and it certainly fills them and those doing the giving with the holiday spirit.

But as we move further away from the end of December and march into the new year, don't forget about many of those children who are lacking coats, a basic need. It's so often overlooked because it seems like something everyone inherently has. But ask any school teacher and they'll tell you dozens of kids are walking to school every day without coats.

Coat drives are not nearly as flashy as toy drives. Nobody is dressed up as Santa and there's not glowing trees or candles in sight. But it's arguably more important.

Elected officials – and in fairness, some already have, like a group of politicians in Astoria – cannot forget this basic need of some of their most vulnerable constituents, especially as the weather finally gets cold. And it's New York City, it will eventually get cold.

It's the perfect way to continue to carry the holiday spirit into the new year. New Yorkers are already in a giving mood so it's time to continue that giving. Find organizations like New York Cares, which runs an annual coat drive, or look to the local schools. They may be collecting coats for students or other children in the area.

Even the elected officials already doing a coat drive need a little more help. Throughout December, Councilman Costa Constantinides, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas collected a total of 100 coats. If they were collecting toys, that number would probably have been a lot higher.

A lot of New Yorkers probably have coats laying in storage or the bottom of a closet that haven't been worn in two seasons or their children have outgrown. Consider giving those to someone who will need it and keep living in the holiday spirit.
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