ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Ithaca Rotary Club’s 27th annual “Share the Warmth” campaign has kicked off, with over 20 collection sites around Ithaca and Tompkins County for new or gently used clothing to go to those in need.
Clothing donations will be collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of partner organizations: 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 throughout Tompkins County. Each location will be accessible for a five-week collection period, scheduled to conclude on Dec. 18.
Clothes will be picked up by Finger Lakes ReUse, sorted by Rotary volunteers, and readied for distribution through the Samaritan Center of Catholic Charities. The donated clothing is then distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga free of charge to individuals who need such items for the winter months.
Distribution will take place Dec. 2 to Dec. 13, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All winter clothing in good repair is accepted.Each article of clothing donated should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients. There is a special need outerwear, especially for children’s and larger-sized outerwear (2X and up) and large-sized boots (13 and up). Other items needed are coats, snow pants, boots, blankets, hats, scarves and mittens for all.
Share the Warmth was initiated by the Ithaca Rotary Club in 1987 on the Cornell campus and then in 1993 throughout the county. Last year, the program distributed more than 3,620 items to 805 adults and 631 children across Tompkins County.
For more information about Share the Warmth, please contact Richard Kops at (925)818-1357 or by email at email@example.com. You can also contact Loralyn Light at (607)592-2561 or by email at LL48@cornell.edu. Additional information about the Rotary Club of Ithaca can be found on the Ithaca Rotary website.
The Rotary Club of Ithaca gathers every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. for luncheon meetings at Coltivare, 235 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about Rotary. The cost for the luncheon is $17 at the door.
Here is a list of donation locations. Look for the red box to leave your items in.
Agway True Value Home Center, 2309 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca
BorgWarner Morse Systems, 800 Warren Rd, Ithaca
CFCU Community Credit Union, 1022 Ellis Hollow Road, Ithaca; 409 N. Meadow Street, Ithaca; 99 Sheraton Drive, Ithaca
Island Health & Fitness, 310 Taughannock Blvd #1, Ithaca; 903 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca
Ithaca College Campus Center, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca
Ithaca Community Childcare Center 579 Warren Rd, Ithaca
Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca
Mama Goose 430 W. State St, Ithaca
P&C Fresh,315 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca,
Seneca Place, 130 East Seneca Street, Ithaca (inside Tioga St. entrance)
Triphammer Marketplace, 2255 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca
Wegmans, 500 S Meadow St, Ithaca
YMCA, 50 Graham Rd W, Ithaca
Dryden Community Center Café, 1 W Main St, Dryden
Shur-Save, 2085 NY-96, Trumansburg
St. James Catholic Church, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg
Locations around the Cornell University campus