NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Demand is way up but supplies are down this year for charity organizations that help the less fortunate.
The Toys Of Hope children’s charity on Long Island said it’s given out more than 300 coats so far this week, but there’s a waiting list of 800 people so far, and the coldest weather has yet to come.READ MORE: Manhattan, Brooklyn Residents Sue City To Stop Permanent Outdoor Dining
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“It’s been hundreds of calls a day. Steadily increasing. People are very concerned. Their kids had already outgrown their winter clothing,” said Melissa Doktofsky, founder of Toys Of Hope.MORE NEWS: Rev. Jesse Jackson Celebrates 80th Birthday In Harlem
The charity said it expects it’ll need a total of 30,000 coats to help Long Islanders get through the cold months.