Dec 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Patrick Sargent, GoLocal Worcester Contributor
Dec 17, 2014
Coat Drive Helps Those in Need During Cold Winter
By Kimberly Petalas
Cynthia Katinas, Brian Stidsen, Paula Stidsen, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, Father Michael Broderick from St. Patrick Church and Pastor David Fish from the First Congregational Church of Rutland
helped sort through the coats, boots and other items that were donated through the coat drive, recently.
Dec 17, 2014
Sheriff’s Office Distributes Over 3,000 Winter Coats
By Valerie Franchi, Contributing Writer
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Alyssa Thibeault, Ellen Savickas and Andrew Abdella from the sheriff’s office;
St. Anne’s volunteers Evelyn Jenkins and Elaine LeBlanc;
Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis; and Joe Capone, executive director of the Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association
Shrewsbury – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis delivered more than 3,000 winter coats to 11 community organizations throughout the county Dec. 3 and 5, as part of the fourth annual Winter Coat Drive. The last stop was at St. Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury.
“This is a great program,” Evangelidis said. “It is amazing to see the need. One woman getting coats for her kids said they needed them not just for outside, but inside the house. People are cold.”
Other stops on the campaign included Veterans Inc., and St. John’s Food Pantry in Worcester.
The program is organized through the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association, the charity arm of the sheriff’s office.
Coats are collected year-round at the sheriff’s office, 240 Main St., Worcester.
Dec 17, 2014
Warm gifts for the winter season
News Staff Writer
GARDNER – Staff from Sheriff Lew Evangelidis office, as well as the sheriff himself, carried hundreds of winter coats, hats, gloves and snow boots into the Gardner Community Action Center’s office on Wednesday morning.
The Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive has provided thousands of people with new and lightly used winter gear.
Sheriff Evangelidis said every time he is out delivering the coats, he remembers the simple thank you a girl, who looked to be about 13, gave him when he handed her a coat.
“She said, ‘it’s so much more than just a coat,’” he said. “I always think of her … I’ve been cold plenty of times, but I’ve never had to be cold.”
The coat drives helps make sure people don’t have to be cold.
This year, the Sheriff said more than 3,000 coats were collected, making it the most successful coat to date. At the kickoff event in October, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area lended the drive a major boost when they donated 1,500 coats.
In addition to the CAC, the coats will be distributed to the Cleghorn & Spanish American Centers, the Hope Center of Fitchburg, The Friendly House of Worcester, Rutland Food Pantry, Saint Anne’s Food Pantry in Shrewsbury and Tradewinds of Southbridge.
While the economy has shown some signs of recovery, Sheriff Evangelidis said there is still a lot of need in the region.
The office of Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, above, collected 3,000 coats this year, setting a new record.
“We can’t even meet the need of the community,” he said. “But we can help.”
Last winter, the Gardner CAC ran out of coats midway through the winter. Julie Meehan, the executive director of the CAC, said people had already started calling and asking when winter coats would become available.
“It’s so cold in the houses, people are sleeping in their coats now,” she said. She estimated the majority of the coats will be distributed within the next three weeks.
Several local businesses, including the Gardner Museum, Wachusett Mountain, and Hannaford Supermarkets, partnered with the Sheriff’s office to help collect the coats.
“It takes a tremendous amount of coordination,” said Mayor Mark Hawke, while thanking people who contributed.
He said that he cleaned out his own closets, after seeing children on the playground in 30 degree weather without a winter coat.
“All they have is sweatshirt,” he said.
People who wish to donate additional coats can drop them off at the Gardner CAC, located above the Senior Center at 294 Pleasant St.