Local Rotary Coat Drives Benefit Those Served by Catholic Charities

Coats distributed to families in need

GOSHEN – Both the Rotary Club of Goshen and the Rotary Club of Warwick selected Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster to be the beneficiary of their winter coat drives this year. The Clubs’ annual community service projects collected nearly 400 coats between the two drives.

“Now that the cold weather is upon us, Catholic Charities is receiving a growing number of requests for assistance with warm winter coats,” said Michael Peters, Resource Exchange Coordinator for Catholic Charities. “We are grateful for the support from the Rotary Club of Goshen and the Rotary Club of Warwick. Their members’ commitment to fulfilling Rotary’s mission of ‘service before self’ is making a difference for community members who are facing challenges this winter.”

The assortment of new and gently used coats for both children and adults are being distributed by Catholic Charities’ staff to area individuals and families in need. Those seeking assistance with winter coats or other basic necessities should email Catholic Charities’ regional helpline at ccosuhelpline@cccsos.org.

Each year, the demand for children’s coats is greater than the supply. To make a monetary donation toward the purchase of new coats for children, contact Kristin Jensen at Kristin.Jensen@cccsos.org or 845.294.5124, x1005. Donations may also be made securely online at http://www.cccsos.org/donate-now/ – and indicate “winter coat drive” in the notes


 Rhinebeck Savings Bank in Goshen served as a collection point for donations to Goshen Rotary Club’s winter coat drive. Michael Peters (l), Resource Exchange Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, accepted the donation of coats from Goshen Rotary Club member Amy Van Amburgh (c) and Club President Mark Gargiulo.

The Rotary Club of Warwick collected 200 winter coats for donation to Catholic Charities. Club members (l-r) Joyce Perron, Ed Lynch, Club President, Leo Kaytes, and Neil Sinclair helped Michael Peters and Kerri Foley (center) of Catholic Charities load up the generous donation.