Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks joined with County Legislature Majority Leader Steve Tucciarello to kick-off the tenth annual “Coats for Seniors” program. The initiative, sponsored by the Monroe County Office for the Aging and Medical Motors, will once again collect and distribute donated winter coats to seniors in need throughout Monroe County.
“I’m pleased to once again announce an early fall kick-off to Monroe County’s Coats for Seniors program,” said Brooks. “This widely successful program will continue to provide hundreds of coats to local seniors in need, while also highlighting the spirit of generosity and compassion that is strong throughout our community.”
Donations of new and gently-used, adult-sized coats will be accepted on weekdays between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at participating senior centers. Donation boxes will also be set up in the atrium of the Monroe County Office Building, located downtown at 39 West Main Street; The Monroe County Office for the Aging at Monroe Community Hospital, located at 435 East Henrietta Road; and Colony Dry Cleaners, located at 695 Howard Road in Gates. The program runs from November 18, 2013 to January 2, 2014.
“I’m proud to be a part of this program which provides much needed coats to our seniors,” said Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo. “The kindness of Monroe County residents is seen throughout the year and continues during the holiday season. It’s heartwarming to know that our community continues to give back and support those in need which is greatly appreciated.”
Dinolfo is a member of the Monroe County Council of Elders, an advisory group comprised of community leaders and advocates for seniors.
The Monroe County Coats for Seniors program has collected over 5,200 coats which have been generously donated by local residents. At the end of the program, any additional coats that have not been selected by a senior will be donated to local shelters and clothing closets.
For more information on the “Coats for Seniors” program, please contact the Monroe County Office for the Aging at 753-6280. A list of participating senior centers is available on the Monroe County website at www.monroecounty.gov. Seniors interested in receiving a coat can call any participating senior center to make arrangements.