New England Revolution star forward and Leominster native Diego Fagundez (left) holds a jacket with Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis (middle) and Revs Mascot Slyde (right) following practice at Gillette Stadium.
Milford Patch – September 13, 2013
Fall is a beautiful time in New England, but it’s also a reminder that cold weather is on the way. To help those less fortunate prepare for the winter months, the New England Revolution are teaming up to host the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office annual winter coat drive before the teams match against D.C. United on Sept. 21 at Gillette Stadium.
New or gently used coats can be turned in between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. at the Bank of America Gate (northwest corner) or NRG Plaza (north end) at the Stadium on the 21st, and all fans making donations will receive an autographed Revolution player card.
“New England winters feel colder every year, so we’re happy to do what we can to help make sure kids and adults here get the coats they need,” said Revolution forward and Leominster native Diego Fagundez. “We hope our fans join in and donate winter coats at our game on Sept. 21, so families stay warmer this winter.”
Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis visited with Fagundez at a recent Revolution practice to discuss the importance of helping low-income families keep kids warm during the winter months.
“I am so excited to partner with the New England Revolution for our Annual Winter Coat Drive,” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. “As the cold weather months approach, and especially during these difficult economic times, there is an incredible need for suitable winter coats. Teaming up with the New England Revolution on September 21st for the game day coat drive will help so many in our area who may be less fortunate.”
The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office distributes thousands of coats to local community centers every year, and the drive on the 21st will wrap the Revolution’s 2013 series of charity donation drives – which began in July with a soccer equipment collection for Rhode Island-based project GOAL and continued in August with a school supplies drive for Cradles to Crayons.