5.5.20 ‒5.31.20 ‒ vol. 16

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Hearts and Homes for Refugees

May 2 Winter Coats & Boots Drive

Hearts & Homes for Refugees is giving families an opportunity to spring clean their closets and give those CLEAN & IN GOOD CONDITION winter coats and boots a new home this fall!  Better for us if you can hold on to these items until the October 3-4 Winter Donations Drive for refugees.


But if you cannot store them, bring your warm winter coats and boots (no other items please) separated in strong, sealed and labeled bags to a drive-through drop off in the parking lot of 640 South Fulton Avenue in Mt. Vernon on Saturday, May 2 from 10-3.


The bags will be taken from your car by volunteers and will go immediately into storage until October.  Signing up in advance is a requirement so that we can schedule safe distancing drop of and provide alerts in the event of any last minute changes.




Make sure to sign up for a few hours of volunteering if you have time in your day for this worthy cause!


Hearts & Homes for Refugees presents The Westchester Refugee Initiative Winter Drive

Winter may be a long way off, but we know that many folks are doing some spring cleaning these days!  And this winter it’s going to be more critical than ever to have warm boots and coats for refugees. The limited financial resources of many families are being stretched thinner than ever by the hardships that coronavirus is imposing, and we are planning ahead to be sure to meet refugee needs.


Right now we looking for WARM COATS and WINTER BOOTS.


For it’s third annual Winter Donations Drive Hearts & Homes for Refugees will again join with Neighbors for Refugees the first weekend in October to collect, sort and organizes the donations refugee families in the tri-state area. Please hold onto those coats and boots!  But if you don’t have space to store your items until then, we don’t want to lose what you have to offer!  Items must be clean and in good condition


Saturday, May 2, 10am to 3pm


Drop off your coats and boots!


Hearts & Homes will accept drop-off of coats and boots in the parking lot at 640 S. Fulton Ave., Mt. Vernon.  Here are the rules:

• Warm winter coats and boots ONLY

• Boots and coats must be in separate bags

• Must be clean and in good condition

• Items must be in a heavy duty garbage bag that is tied closed,

• Label bags with items and sizes (a mailing label or masking tape would work for this).


You do not have to get out of your car.  Place bags in your trunk, and volunteers will take them from the trunk into the storage unit for you!


Because of the special nature of this drive during the time of coronavirus, we need your help in planning. If you plan to donate coats and boots - either now or in October - please add your name and contact information to the sign up sheet.


We will email any changes and a rain date if necessary.



We are looking for volunteers to take the bagged donations from the car trunk into the storage space a few feet away.  Volunteers will be provided masks and gloves. To learn more or to offer to volunteer, please add your contact information to the sign up sheet!