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Worcester, MA – As you can imagine, the need for a warm winter jacket is greater than ever. The pandemic has created challenges for many. To help those most in need in our community, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis is proud to announce our partnership with Dr. Moses Dixon, Executive Director of Central Mass Agency on Aging for this year’s Sheriff’s Office Annual Winter Coat Drive. Together, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Central Mass Agency on Aging are determined to continue the tradition of holding one of New England’s largest Winter Coat Drives. Unlike years past, collection boxes for pre-owned jacket donations cannot be placed in the community due to COVID. This year, we are solely relying on community grants, monetary gifts and new coat donations. Today, we are proud to report we are now up to over 1,100 new winter jackets to help families, children and seniors in need throughout Worcester County. 
Winter Coats will be distributed the first week in December to charitable organizations throughout Worcester County, including but not limited to:
Abby’s House, LIFT, Hector Reyes House, St. John’s Food for the Poor, Webster-Dudley Food Share, Gardner CAC, Alyssa’s Place of Gardner, Spanish American Center of Leominster, Restoration Recovery Center of Fitchburg, Our Father’s House of Fitchburg, Women’s Recovery Program of Leominster, St. Anne’s Human Services of Shrewsbury, Rutland Food Pantry and various senior centers throughout Worcester County.