Worcester County Sheriff and Staff Deliver Warm Winter Clothing to Area as Part of Coats for a Cause

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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Sheriff’s Office staff distributed hundreds of new warm winter coats and other gear Tuesday morning to several organizations in the area to help children, the homeless, the seniors and veterans to stay warm this winter as part of the annual Coats for a Drive cause.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and sheriff’s office staff on Tuesday morning distributed hundreds of new warm winter coats and other gear to several organizations in the area. including the Leominster Police Department, to help children, the homeless, the elderly and veterans stay warm this winter as part of the annual Coat for a Cause campaign. (DANIELLE RAY / SENTINELLE & COMPANY)

“The need is greater than ever,” Evangelidis said as he stood outside the Leominster Police Department making a large donation.

Distribution locations included Alyssa’s Place and the Community Action Committee in Gardner; Recovery and Restoration Center in Fitchburg; and Catholic Charities Women’s Recovery Center, the Spanish American Center and the Leominster Police Department. They will also be making deliveries to Milford, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Sutton, Webster, West Boylston, Worcester and Uxbridge over the next several weeks, for a total of 30 locations in the county.

WooSox mascot Woofster took part in efforts to distribute the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office coats for a cause in Leominster and the region on Tuesday. (DANIELLE RAY / SENTINELLE & COMPANY)

“We want to express our sincere gratitude to the Sheriff, his staff and other donors for their continued support and donation of coats to benefit children and families during the cold and freezing New England winter,” said the Executive Director of the Spanish American Center, Neddy Latimer. “With their generosity, we can help families in need stay safe and warm. They have been a true continuing blessing for our agency.

The coat drive is organized in partnership with the St. Francis Community Health Foundation, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and the WooSox Foundation. Since launching on November 10, the coat drive has raised $ 61,000 through grants and donations, including a grant from the WooSox Foundation and what Evangelidis has called “the biggest grant ever.” , a $ 20,000 grant from the St. Francis Community Health Foundation.

Evangelidis said it was their 11th year in the car. This is the second year that new winter coats have been purchased for the coat drive due to constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and funds raised have been used to purchase 3,600 coats for those in. need it most.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis (left) and his team on Tuesday morning dropped off a load of new warm winter coats and other gear at the Leominster Police Department, which the police chief said Aaron Kennedy, will be distributed to homeless people in the area. (DANIELLE RAY / SENTINELLE & COMPANY)

In addition, donations of Bombas socks, hand-knitted items such as hats, scarves and mittens from Warmer Winters and orange buckets from the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation filled with warm winter gear as well as Essential health items and more are included in the distributions.

“That’s it for those in need,” Leominster Police Chief Aaron Kennedy said, adding donations will go to the homeless. “We will have a lot of use for these. Anything we can do to help people, especially with the pandemic. “

Evangelidis thanked Kennedy and the police department for their “hard work” in helping those in need.

“This is how law enforcement shows that we are here to help this community,” Evangelidis said.

The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation donated dozens of orange buckets filled with warm winter gear and essential health items and more to the annual Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Coats Campaign for a cause. (DANIELLE RAY / SENTINELLE & COMPANY)

Worcester Red Sox vice president of baseball operations and community relations Joe Bradlee, who brought in two WooSox mascots, Smiley Ball and Woofster, to help with distribution efforts, said it was “a no brainer” for the organization to get involved and support the reader.

Griffin Wilbur, 8, and his big sister Finley Wilbur, 10, who are in the Texas area with their family, including their native father from Fitchburg, both learned to knit so they could make soft, warm items. for warmer winters.

“We are so grateful to have put them in the mix to help people,” Evangelidis said of the Warmer Winters equipment.

Evangelidis said he and his staff enjoy collaborating with organizations across the county each year, working together to ensure the campaign is a success year after year.

“One of the greatest things it does is restore your faith in humanity,” he said. “You hear so much about dividing things up, but I think that’s really what’s going on. This is an example of people coming together to help those in need in the community.


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