Story by Lourice Angie
The heartwarming and overwhelming generosity of the community partnering with the County could be felt on Mon., Oct. 29. Hundreds of new and gently used winter coats, clothes, scarves, gloves, boots, and more were donated. The items were collected throughout the month in part of the “Share the Warmth” campaign.
The idea was originally sparked by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus with the support and generosity of the community, and was launched by local radio station WTBQ. This year the campaign was a huge success. Donations reached the top of the ceiling in the newsroom at the WTBQ, which served as one of the drop off locations.
It took about eight volunteers to load up trucks and vans with all of the garments. The destination was HONOR (Helping Other Need Our Resources), a nonprofit organization led by Chris Molinelli, who is the Executive Director of four homeless shelters throughout Orange County.
“This is amazing! We’ve tripled the amount collected last year,” said Molinelli.
In addition to WTBQ, a special thank you goes to CuraLeaf, Community Foundation, Dawson Motors, the Warwick Valley Dispatch, and Greenwood Lake Bagels, who all served as drop off locations, and to everyone who contributed.
“We hope you find comfort in knowing that you contributed to keeping so many children and adults warm this winter and beyond,” said Taylor Sterling, the Station Manager at WTBQ Radio in Warwick.