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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The annual Share the Warmth campaign organized by the Ithaca Rotary Club in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga, successfully connected thousands of donated winter clothing items to more than 1,400 people in need in Tompkins County.

For the 26th year, the Ithaca Rotary Club and Catholic Charities collected new or gently used winter clothing, including coats, snow pants, sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, boots and other cold weather gear that was donated in the familiar red bins. The items were sorted and distributed by volunteers from a number of sponsoring organizations, a news release said. Ultimately, the donated items made their way to 805 adults and 631 children in need this year — in time for the icy temperatures this week.

The Ithaca Rotary Club began the Share the Warmth initiative in 1987 on the Cornell campus and expanded it to the county in 1993.

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In a news release, the Ithaca Rotary Club and Catholic Charities said, “Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga and the Ithaca Rotary Club extend thanks to all Share the Warmth volunteers and partner organizations: the Ithaca, Dryden, and Trumansburg Rotary Clubs; Cornell University; Ithaca College; and Finger Lakes ReUse (whose truck fleet and staff picked up and dropped off the donated items).”

Featured image by Logan Ingalls/Flickr

Kelsey O'Connor

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