Montgomery County Recreation is collecting coats through November 1 to support the Montgomery County Government/City of Gaithersburg Homeless Resource Day scheduled for Thursday, November 7. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.
The coat drive is being coordinated by Interfaith Works, which provides shelter, clothing and food to community members in need. The goal is to collect more than 500 gently used women’s and men’s winter coats of all sizes. Especially needed are adult sizes XL – 3XL. Although there is a lesser need for children’s coats, they will also be accepted. The coats will be distributed free to needy residents during Homeless Resource Day.
“Our Recreation facilities are often the hub of community activities, and I am very pleased the Recreation Department has the opportunity to assist with this important outreach effort,” said Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz. “I encourage everyone to look in their closet to see if they have unused coats that could be donated to ensure that all of our neighbors in need have warm winter coats.”
Gently used winter coats can be dropped off at the following facilities through November 1:
• Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville;
• Clara Barton Community Recreation Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John;
• Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd., N. Bethesda;
• Germantown Indoor Swim Center, 18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds;
• Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow La., Chevy Chase;
• Long Branch Community Recreation Center/Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring;
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring;
• Mid County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring;
• Olney Indoor Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Ave., Olney;
• Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring;
• Upper County Community Recreation Center, 8201 Emory Grove Rd., Gaithersburg;
• Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center, 5311 Friendship Blvd., Chevy Chase; and
• Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave., Wheaton.
For more information about the Interfaith Works Coat Drive, call D’Ivonne Holman at 301-525-2624. For information about the Recreation Department donation sites, call Judy Stiles at 240-777-6875. For information about the second annual Homeless Resource Day, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HRD.
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