WTBQ launches first annual coat drive for needy families


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  • Photo by Roger Gavan WTBQ Station owner Frank Truatt and Station Manager Taylor Sterling are pleased with the early response to their "Share the warmth" coat drive.



WARWICK — Share the warmth.

On the heels of a successful Toys for Military Tots drive at Christmastime, Orange County Community Radio WTBQ (1110 AM/93.5 FM) recently launched a winter coat and other warm clothing drive to benefit Safe Home of Orange County and HONOR, an acronym for Helping Others Needing Our Resources.

The program was launched by station owner Frank Truatt and station manager Taylor Sterling when Orange County Executive, Steve Neuhaus, gave them the idea after he traveled upstate and witnessed children without coats.

"Share the warmth with WTBQ this winter and donate gently used or new Coats, gloves, hats, sweaters, scarves and clothes for any age and any gender," said Sterling. "Our first annual coat drive will benefit babies, children, teens and adults. Please go through your closet, and your children's closet with them and explain what it means to share with others. There are so many that go without winter coats and clothes. Let's all change that together."

She explained that the colors, sizes or fabric are not important.

"Let's all make a difference this year for others in need," said Sterling.

The coat drive will continue until the end of February.

The primary drop off location is the WTBQ radio station at 179 Sanfordville Road, just off Route 94 South.

But there are also other drop off sites such as:

• Dawson Motors;

• Park Avenue Elementary School;

• The office of the County Clerk'

• The Warwick Central Schools District; and

•The Child Care Council of Orange County.

• For additional locations as they become available visit the WTBQ Website at www.wtbq.com.

• For additional information about the coat drive or to offer a drop off site email Taylor@wtbq.com.

- Roger Gavan

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