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March 20th, 2013

Hundreds of coats collected for those in need

Melody Saareste of Safe Homes of Orange County, Lisa Pianka of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Debbie MaGee of Newburgh Ministry Inc., and Sarita Green of Safe Homes help the cause.

MONTGOMERY – More than 400 Orange County residents are warmer this winter thanks to donors who dropped off coats at various locations late last year that were then collected at Guardian Self-Storage units in the county. The coats were distributed recently by United Way of the Dutchess-Orange to 13 Orange County nonprofits for final distribution to the needy.

United Way partners with Guardian Self-Storage in its annual coat drive to ensure that community members in need have warm apparel during the cold winter months.

People dropped off coats at Guardian units and United Way had the gently used garments cleaned at a Royal Cleaning in Walden before being distributed.

Nonprofits that distributed to individuals in Orange County were: Safe Homes of Orange County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, HONORehg, Youth Advocate Programs Inc., Easter Seals New York, PathStone, Orange County Department of Social Services – Children’s Services, Catholic Charities of Orange County, Astor Services for Children and Families, New City Partnership, New York YMCA Camp, and Newburgh Ministry Inc.

Participation by United Way in the annual distribution of coats is just one way in which the organization forges partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, government agencies to help build a stronger, healthier community.

For more about United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region please visit or call 845-471-1900.

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