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Dec 17, 2014

Sheriff’s Annual Drive Delivers 3,000 Winter Coats to Charities in Worcester County

Sheriff’s Annual Drive Delivers 3,000 Winter Coats to Charities in Worcester County

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Patrick Sargent, GoLocal Worcester Contributor

On Wednesday, Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis visited Leominster and Fitchburg charities to hand out winter coats. During his visit, Sheriff Evangelidis visited the Hope Center and Community Health Connections Center in Fitchburg and the Spanish American Center in Leominster. The Sheriff’s annual drive provided thousands new or lightly used jackets to area families.

 

“Sadly we have many families who struggle to pay their electric bills and heating bills and can not make ends meet, especially during the long winter months. The Sheriff’s Winter Coat Drive is a wonderful resource that we truly depend on each year to help keep our families warm.” said Spanish American Center Representative Nicolas Formaggia.

 

“We are extremely fortunate to have had Wachusett Mountain, Independent Cleaners and Twin City Cleaners as well as all of our wonderful community partners assist with this year’s coat drive by 
donating and dry cleaning thousands of winter jackets. This program would not be possible without their overwhelming generosity.” said Evangelidis.

 

In addition to the three Leominster and Fitchburg stops, the Sheriff delivered over 3,000 new and lightly used winter jackets to eleven charities throughout Worcester County including the Gardner 
CAC, Rutland Food Pantry, Tradewinds Clubhouse, Catholic Charities, Center of Hope of Southbridge, St. John’s Food Pantry of Worcester, Veteran’s Inc and the Human Services Food Pantry of 
Shrewsbury.

 

“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 3,000 winter jackets collected during this year’s coat drive we were able to help even more families and children in need than in year’s past.” Evangelidis said .”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 Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff, the Fitchburg Office of Community Corrections, the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association and many local businesses.

 

Dec 17, 2014

Coat Drive Helps Those in Need During Cold Winter

Coat Drive Helps Those in Need During Cold Winter

By Kimberly Petalas

12/11/2014

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.

 

RUTLAND – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis recently dropped off coats at 11 locations throughout the area, including St. Patrick Church in Rutland.

 

“We are distributing over 3,000 coats this year,” the sheriff said. “Wachusett Mountainkicked us off with more than 1,000 coats.”

 

Donation boxes were set up around the county, collecting coats to be distributed to those who may not be able to afford them. According to the sheriff ’s office, one of the largest donors in the Wachusett area was Oriol Health Care.

 

“Each year it just gets bigger and bigger,” said Evangelidis. “We try to find where the need is and meet it, but as you can imagine, the is a lot of need and never enough coats to meet it.”

 

This is the second year the sheriff has dropped hundreds of coats off at St. Patrick Church. According to volunteers at the Church, coats will be distributed on Dec. 13, 9 a.m. until noon.

 

The coat drive kicked off on Oct. 15 this year at Wachusett Mountain. This was the sheriff ’s fourth year running the drive and he said was impressed with how many new organizations came forward to help.

 

“So many organizations asked if they could be a drop off location this year,” he said. “Planet Fitness in Leominster and the Community Health Connections both really stepped forward and collected so many coats for the drive.”

 

In addition to Rutland, coats were also dropped off in GardnerFitchburgLeominsterSouthbridgeWorcester and Shrewsbury. Each location received various amounts of the coats to distribute, based on need, and will give them away in the next few weeks.

 

Dec 17, 2014

Sheriff’s Office Distributes Over 3,000 Winter Coats

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  Photo/Valerie Franchi

 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

Warm gifts for the winter season

12/4/2014

Katie Landeck

News Staff Writer

 

News Staff Photos by KATIE LANDECK

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.
News Staff Photo by Katie LandeckThe office of Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, above, collected 3,000 coats this year, setting a new record.

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.