SOUTHBRIDGE — Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis recently spent the day visiting local charities throughout Worcester County including Tradewinds Clubhouse, St. Mary’s Church and Catholic Charities of Southbridge to personally hand deliver over 1,500 winter jackets for the conclusion of the tremendously successful 2012 Sheriff’s Winter Coat Drive.
The Sheriff’s Winter Coat Drive is an annual event that has in previous years provided new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County.
“The Sheriff’s Winter Coat Drive is to help ensure that local families who may be in need are provided with an adequate winter coat. With over 1,500 winter jackets collected during this year’s coat drive we are able to help more families and children in need than in year’s past.,” Evangelidis continued.
“As the cold weather months approach and especially during this difficult economic time, it is extremely important to do all we can to help those in our community who may be less fortunate.”
“The Tradewinds Clubhouse can not thank Sheriff Evangelidis enough for coming today and for donating hundreds of much needed winter coats for those in our community who may be less fortunate.
Today’s generous donation will make a tremendous difference for so many, providing more than just a coat but a sense of warmth and dignity that comes from owning a suitable winter jacket.” said Tradewinds Clubhouse
program coordinator Lisa Thiel.
The Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive is a collaborative effort among the sheriff, the Webster Office of Community Corrections, the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association and local businesses Schott Fibre Optics, Green Valley Montessori, D&D Welding, Three D Enterprises and Twin City Dry Cleaners.
“We are extremely fortunate to have wonderful local business partners in this year’s coat drive donating and dry cleaning hundreds of winter jackets; this program would not be possible without their overwhelming generosity.” said Evangelidis.
Worcester Telegram, Saturday, December 15, 2012