Coat Drive Organizers Announce Immediate Need for Donations of Coats, Hats, Gloves

With snow and cold weather predicted for this week, the fourth annual Livingston Coat Drive has announced there is an immediate need for donations of winter coats and accessories for the needy.
The Coat Drive is being conducted in partnership with the West Essex Tribune, which serves as a drop-off point for donations.
Livingston resident Jeff "The Coat Guy" Friedman and his Coat Drive "Dream Team" of volunteers each week deliver donations of gently used and new winter coats, gloves, scarves and hats to a variety of distribution partners in Newark and East Orange. These distribution partners range from social service agencies to churches and soup kitchens. "I want all of our donors to know that the items they donate go immediately to families who are in dire need," Friedman said.
Friedman commended the manypeople who have stepped up with donations of all shapes and sizes. "The Coat Drive is a team effort," he added, "and I'd like to personally thank all of our volunteers, not to mention all of our donors. We literally could not do this without you!"
"With Thanksgiving here," Friedman concluded, "sharing with those in need is a wonderful way to show thanks for all we have."
Drop-off locations for this year's Livingston Coat Drive (and the St. Philomena Coat Drive) include the West Essex Tribune, 495 South Livingston Avenue in Livingston; and West Orange Jewelers, 16 Eisenhow­er Parkway, Roseland. Donations are also being accepted at the Village Laundry Center at 213 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair. For private pick-up in Livingston, e-mail Jeff Friedman at jftv1@verizon.net; and in Montclair, e-mail Joyce Friedman at aquinnah98@aol.com.

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