Whitestone trade school students helped load more than 6,000 coats for donation to the annual New York Cares coat drive.
The students were a part of the Whitestone campus of Lincoln Technical Institute, and the coats were collected by 100 new car dealers from the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.
New York Cares executive director Gary Bagley accepted the donation from Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association President Mark Schienberg.
According to Schienberg, the organization has a long relationship with New York Cares and has donated a total of 25,000 coats to drives over the past four years.
“Today’s freezing temperatures are a stark reminder of the difficulties facing New York City’s homeless and many low-income families this winter,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.
New York Cares is a nonprofit that aims to meet pressing community needs by mobilizing New Yorkers into volunteer service, and has organized an annual coat drive for the past 27 years.
The nonprofit collected nearly 94,000 coats in this year’s drive. While most drop-off locations are now closed, coats for the drive can still be donated to the New York Cares warehouse at 157 West 31st St. in Manhattan.