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PRINCETON — Alongside many community partners, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis announced the kickoff of the 2016 Sheriff ‘s Annual Winter Coat Drive for Worcester County recently while standing at the base of Wachusett Mountain earlier this month.

The sheriff ‘s coat drive is annual event that provides new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County and is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff ‘s Office of Community Corrections, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff ‘s Association, Warmer Winters of Leominster, Rutland Women’s Knitting Club, Twin City Cleaners of Dudley and Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg.

Last year the Sheriff ‘s Winter Coat Drive provided over 3,000 new and lightly used winter jackets to families in need throughout Worcester County. Evangelidis said they are determined to surpass that number this year.

This year’s winter coat drive received a huge boost with a donation from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area of over 1,500 winter coats.

The Sheriff ‘s Coat Drive will be ongoing now through the end of November. Donations of new or lightly used winter jackets may be dropped off locally at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, the Holden Senior Center, Oriol Healthcare, or scheduled for pickup by calling 508-796-2638.