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New York Cares Launches 25th Annual Coat Drive

100 Coats Handed Out To Residents At Bowery Mission
New York Cares kicks off its 25th Annual Coat Drive on Nov. 12, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

New York Cares kicks off its 25th Annual Coat Drive on Nov. 12, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York Cares has kicked off its 25th Annual Coat Drive.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Super Bowl Host Committee Co-Chairman Woody Johnson helped distribute coats to 100 residents at the Bowery Mission on Tuesday.

“Over the winter, we’re intending to give everyone that comes here a coat, we’re never closed,” said James Macklin, the Mission’s Director of Outreach.

One of the lucky ones who received a coat said he arrived in New York from Puerto Rico just a few months with nothing but shorts and a few T-shirts.

“I feel very blessed,” the man said. “It’s surprising that they’re supplying with so many nice coats.”

From now through Feb. 7, coats can be donated at several locations across the five boroughs including police stations, the Queens Public Library, and the Barclays Center subway station.

Click here to find a drop-off location and other ways you can help.

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