NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The spirit of Christmas was being felt in Lower Manhattan, where those in need were getting warm, winter coats this holiday, Peter Haskell reports.

William Cresbo lost his job about a year ago. He was packing boxes in the Garment District. Since then he’s been living on the street.

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On Christmas Day, he’s was at the New York City Rescue Mission where he’s picked out a donated coat. Asked what he thought of the donation, Cresbo said “Very good. Very nice. It’s warm. I needed one.”

The coat drive was run by New York Cares. Executive Director Gary Bagley said this isn’t just for the homeless but also the working poor.

“A winter coat is a huge expense, and when choosing to put food on the table and a winter coat for the kids, obviously, they will go with the food,” he said.

The group hopes to collect and distribute 70,000 coats.

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