Brooks and Dinolfo Kick-Off 6th Annual Coats for Seniors Program
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo were joined by officials from the Office for the Aging and Medical Motors to kick off the sixth annual Monroe County “Coats for Seniors” program. The initiative, sponsored by the Monroe County Office for the Aging and Medical Motors, will collect and distribute winter coats to seniors in need throughout Monroe County.
“We all know that winter in Rochester can be a dangerous time for those who aren’t dressed properly,” said Brooks. “I am optimistic that, like past years, area residents will continue to embrace the spirit of giving by donating their new and gently used coats. Together, we can support those who may not be able to afford a new winter coat.”
Donations of new and gently-used adult-sized coats will be accepted weekdays between 10 a.m. to 12 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, 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 December 1, 2009 to January 7, 2010.
“I am pleased to again work with County Executive Brooks in this effort to help seniors in Monroe County,” said Dinolfo. “This is a wonderful way for everyone to participate in the spirit of giving to ensure that our community needs are met.”
Dinolfo is a member of the Monroe County Council of Elders, an advisory group comprised of community leaders and advocates for seniors.
To date, the Monroe County Coats for Seniors program has gathered more than 2,500 coats 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 Coats for Seniors, 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. Please see the attached list for drop-off locations and contact information.