of Labor Annual Coat and Sweater Drive Now in 11th Year
For immediate release
November 17, 2008
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.
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