Sheriff’s Coat Drive Gives the Gift of Warmth for the Holiday Season

by | Dec 12, 2016

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis spent Wednesday, November 30th & Thursday, December 1st visiting a number of greater Worcester area charities to distribute some much needed warm winter jackets.  The Sheriff’s Coat Drive is an annual event that provides new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County and is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office of Community Corrections, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, The Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Warmer Winters of Leominster,  Twin City Cleaners of Dudley, Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg as well as many other local businesses and community partners.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis along with representatives from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Gardner Action Council gather around hundreds of winter coats donted to the Gardern C.A.C. by the Sheriff from his Annual Winter Coat Drive. (Submitted photo)

This year’s coat drive received a huge boost in early October with a special donation from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area of over 1,500 ski jackets.  “With the tremendous donation of over 1,500 winter jackets from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area and the Crowley Family, we were able to have a huge head start on our successful coat drive which was able to help so many families in our community.  We can not thank them them enough for their overwhelming generosity.”  said Evangelidis.

During the distribution week, the Sheriff paid a special visit to over a dozen local charitable organizations to personally hand deliver thousands of winter jackets including the Gardner CommunityAction Center,  Cleghorn Neighborhood Center & Our Fathers House of Fitchburg, Spanish American Center of Leominster, Rutland Food Pantry, St. Anne’s Human Services of Shrewsbury, Rhodes House of Recovery in Millbury, Webster-Dudley Food Share, TradeWinds Clubhouse, Catholic Charities & Arc of Hope of Southbridge as well as St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, The Mustard Seed, Veteran’s Inc. & The Net of Compassion of Worcester.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and representatives from the Spanish American Center in Leominster along with Judy Gentry and David Roth of Warmer Winters gather around the table of hundreds of coats donted by the Sheriff from his Annual Winter Coat Drive. Warmer Winters also donated over 200 hand knit mittens, hats & scarfs. (Submitted photo)

“During the holiday season, the Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive helps to ensure that local families who may be in need are provided with an adequate winter coat.  With over 3,500 winter jackets collected during this year’s coat drive, we were able to help more families and children in need than in year’s past.” Evangelidis continued “As the cold weather months approach and especially during this difficult economic time, it is extremely important to do all we can to help those in our community who may be less fortunate.  said Sheriff Evangelidis.

“We can not thank Sheriff Evangelidis and his team enough for coming today to deliver hundreds of winter coats for the individuals who rely each day on our center.  Receiving these much needed warm jackets helps us provide an invaluable service for those less fortunate in our community, especially during the cold winter months.”  said Gardner CAC Director Julie Meehan.

“Sadly we have many families who struggle to make ends meet, especially during the long winter months. The Sheriff’s Winter Coat Drive is a wonderful resource that we truly depend on each year to help keep our families warm.” said Elaine LeBlanc, Director of St. Anne’s Human Services in Shrewsbury.

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, St. Anne’s Human Services Director Elaine LeBlanc along with representatives from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and St. Anne’s Human Services in Shrewsbury display some of the hundreds of winter coats donted to them by the Sheriff from his Annual Winter Coat Drive. (Submitted photo)

“We are extremely fortunate to have had Wachusett Mountain, Independent Cleaners and Twin City Cleaners as well as all of our wonderful community partners assist with this year’s coat drive by donating and dry cleaning thousands of winter jackets. This program would not be possible without their overwhelming generosity.” said Evangelidis.


2016 Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive Community Partners

Wachusett Mountain**  (donated 1,000 winter jackets)

  • Auburn Rotary Club
  • Austin Liquors – Shrewsbury
  • Bay Path Vocational Technical High School
  • Beaumont Rehabilitation of Worcester
  • Briarwood Senior Living Community – Worcester
  • Care One at Millbury
  • Charlton Council on Aging
  • DoubleTree Hotel – Leominster
  • Felters Mill – Millbury
  • Gardner Museum
  • Hearing & Balance Center of New England – Worcester
  • Holden Council on Aging
  • Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg
  • Leominster Hospital

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis stopped by the Net of Compassion Ministries, whose services take place outside on Main Street in Worcester to donate over 100 winter jackets to those in need (Submitted photo)

  • Lunenburg Council on Aging
  • Lundgren Honda of Auburn
  • Matt’s at the Buzzer Barbershop – Millbury
  • Nichols College Student Alumni Society
  • Oriol Healthcare – Holden
  • Orchard Hills Athletic Club – Leominster
  • The Overlook – Charlton
  • Planet Fitness of Leominster
  • Rutland Council on Aging
  • Saint Vincent’s Hospital – Worcester
  • Salmon Health & Retirement – Westborough
  • Sterling Council on Aging
  • Southbridge Savings Bank
  • Southbridge High School
  • Tantasqua Regional High School
  • Twin City Cleaners – Dudley
  • RCAP Solutions – Gardner
  • Royco Distributors – Gardner
  • Warmer Winters – Leominster
  • West Boylston Council on Aging
  • Westborough Tennis Club
  • Unum – Worcester