Tompkins Weekly Staff
The 24th annual Share the Warmth campaign has kicked off, with more than a dozen collection sites around Tompkins County.
Donations of clean, new or gently used winter clothing — jackets, boots and coats (especially children’s), hats, scarves, gloves and mittens — and blankets will be collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of partner organizations, including the Ithaca, Dryden, and Trumansburg Rotary clubs, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga and Finger Lakes ReUse.
The familiar “red box” collection bins can be found at locations around Tompkins County, including: Agway True Value Home Center (Cayuga Mall), Gateway Commons (311 E. Green St.), Gimme! Coffee (506 W. MLK Jr./State St.), Island Health & Fitness (Taughannock Blvd. and Community Corners), IC Campus Center, Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Road), Kendal at Ithaca, P&C Fresh, Triphammer Marketplace, Wegmans, YMCA, Trumansburg Shur-Save, and the Rite Aid in Dryden, as well as at locations around the Cornell campus.
Each location will be accessible for a five-week collection period, scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, December 13.
Clothes will be picked up and sorted by Finger Lakes ReUse and Rotary volunteers for distribution through the Samaritan Center of Catholic Charities. The donated clothing is distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga free of charge to individuals who need such items for the winter months; distribution will take place November 28 through December 9 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Share the Warmth was initiated by the Ithaca Rotary Club in 1987. Last year, the program distributed more than 4,500 items to 592 households across Tompkins County.