NEWARK, NJ: Everyone deserves to be safe and warm; but due to tough economic times and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many of our neighbors can use a helping hand. To bring warmth into the lives of infants, children and adults throughout the area, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM is hosting its Fifth Annual Coat Drive December 18, 2012- January 18, 2013.
“While reports have said that holiday spending is up, that is just not the case for so many of our neighbors. There are still numerous jobless and homeless individuals, families living in shelters and parents who simply cannot afford to purchase warm coats for their families, ” said Cephas Bowles, President and CEO of WBGO. “The economy and the overwhelming losses caused by Superstorm Sandy have brought about greater need for winter coats. We at WBGO believe it is our responsibility as good neighbors to use our airwaves, manpower and strong community partnerships to bring comfort to as many people as possible. Whether you have coats to donate or need a coat for yourself or your family, we urge area residents and visitors to lend or accept a helping hand.”
People are encouraged to bring new or clean, gently used coats in all sizes to two the drop off locations:
WBGO-FM: 54 Park Place, Newark, NJ
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christoffers Flowers: 860 Mountain Avenue, Mountainside, NJ
Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Coats will be distributed Monday – Friday (closed on Christmas day) at five locations in Newark:
New Community Corporation: 233 West Market Street / (973) 623-2800
Roseville Avenue Elementary School: 70 Roseville Avenue / (973) 268-5312
Ironbound Community Corporation: 179 Van Buren Street / (973) 589-3353
The New Hope Baptist Church: 196 Sussex Avenue / (973) 622-4547
Urban League of Essex County: 508 Central Avenue / (973) 624-9535
For more information on distribution and hours of operation, please contact individual organizations.
Everyone who donates a coat at the WBGO location qualifies to enter to win one of 10 See’s Candies gift cards (valued at $25). Winners will be selected by drawing on January 21, 2013. Gift cards can be redeemed on-line at sees.com.