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Albany County Cares about our Veterans Coat Drive Continues

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 10:32 AM

It’s important that we take the time and give back to the men and women who have served our country with honor and their families who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. That’s why Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy started an annual coat drive in 2012 to help provide veterans with the items they need during the winter. The drive starts today and runs through December 9 in partnership with Crossgates Mall, Best Cleaners and Albany County. Clothing will be cleaned by Best Cleaners, and then distributed by The Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS) and the Veterans Miracle Center.

“There are thousands of veterans living in Albany County and each of them deserve to know how much we appreciate everything they have done for us and let them know Albany County Cares about our Veterans,” said County Executive McCoy. “At the beginning of my administration, we asked for new or gently used coats, but have expanded to include hats, scarves, gloves and boots and have been able to provide thousands of warm pieces of clothing over the past seven years.”

“The Albany County Cares Program provides desperately needed winter coats to homeless persons within Albany County. Every gently used or new coat is given to a homeless man, woman or child in need,” said Liz Hitt, Executive Director of HATAS. “Please help us keep our neighbors in need warm and dry this holiday season by donating today. Blessings and Happy Holidays from the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society of Albany.”

“Once again the VMC is honored to be included in this program to support our Veterans in Need. Since mid-October the demand for warm winter coats has increased and we are struggling to fill all of the requests,” said Melody Burns, Director of Operations of Veterans Miracle Center. “The donation of a warm winter coat will put a smile on the face of our Veterans who utilize our services and ensure a little warmth for the winter ahead. Since opening in November 2014, the Veterans Miracle Center has been serving our Veterans in need. The support of our community has made it possible to meet the daily needs of almost 12,000 Veterans to date.”

“As always, Crossgates is happy to offer up space to our local partners and help support our community. Albany County Cares Coat Drive is a prime example of this,” said Erin Moore, Assistant Marketing Director, Crossgates Management Office. “Together, Albany County and Crossgates make it easy and convenient for mall employees and shoppers to simply drop a coat in the collection box on their way to work or to go holiday shopping. It is great to know that the coats donated will go to veterans, and their families, within the Capital Region.”

“Best Cleaners and our clients look forward to any assistance that we can provide to the Veteran communities through this program,” said Tim and Catherine McCann, owners of Best Companies. “As we clean out our closets and find cold weather clothing items that are underused, it only seems right that we donate these items to the individuals that have given so much to our country.”

Clothing items may be dropped off at any Best Cleaners, a box outside Lord & Taylor on the lower level at Crossgates Mall or at Albany County office buildings at 112 State Street, 162 Washington Avenue and 175 Green Street through December 9.

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