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Department of Labor Annual Coat and Sweater Drive Now in 11th Year

For immediate release
November 17, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Colder weather is fast approaching, which means Connecticut Department of Labor employees are launching their annual coat and sweater drive to help keep people living in the Hartford area a little warmer during the winter months.

Labor Department employees in the agency’s Wethersfield Central Office and Annex Building site are working in conjunction with the Salvation Army of Greater Hartford to take part in the drive, which will run through Dec. 11.

According to State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, over the past 11 years, the agency has collected hundreds of gently-used coats and sweaters.

“At the project’s end, all collected apparel will be donated to the Salvation Army of Greater Hartford for distribution to people in need living in the Hartford area,” she noted. “Our employees have found this to be one small but important way to help the community. This year in particular, with the downturn in our economy, we know many families and individuals in Connecticut may find it more difficult to purchase warm clothing.”

As in past years, the employees hold a friendly competition to determine which floor or site collects the most coats and sweaters with the area donating the largest number of items winning a dress down day.

“It has become an annual tradition for our employees to check their closets for extra coats, as well as collect items from family and friends,” noted Mayfield. “It’s always rewarding to feel that we’re making a contribution and helping others, and we look forward to many more years of participation in such a worthy cause.”

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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