More than 5000 pieces of clothing are donated to the homeless
Borough President Marty Markowitz, along with the Korean Dry Cleaners Association in cooperation with the Neighborhood Cleaners Association, donated more than 5000 articles of unclaimed clothing to the Department of Homeless Services; these items will help clothe thousands of homeless New Yorkers this winter. Michele Brown, the Department of Homeless Services Assistant Commissioner for Intake and Outreach was at Borough Hall to collect the various overcoats, jackets, sweaters and pants that were graciously donated by dry cleaners from Brooklyn and beyond and will be distributed to homeless shelters in Brooklyn and across New York City.
“I am so thankful that the Korean Dry Cleaners Association and the Neighborhood Cleaners Association collected all of this clothing because it will mean so much to thousands of people during the next couple of months,” said Borough President Markowitz. “The temperatures may be cold, but Brooklynites and people all over New York definitely have a warm spot in their hearts for people in need. Sometimes it is easy to forget how much in life we take for granted, but today is the perfect reminder that a good coat, a beautiful sweater or a nicely pressed pair of pants can be a great beginning for people trying to reclaim and rebuild their lives.”
The clothing will be taken to four shelters in Brooklyn – the Atlantic Armory at 1322 Bedford Ave., the Barbara Kleinman Shelter at 300 Skillman Ave., the Brooklyn Women's Shelter at
116 Williams Ave. and the Kingsborough 6 at 681 Clarkson Ave. Clothing will also be distributed to the Franklin Shelter in the Bronx and the 30th Street Men’s Shelter and the 68th Street Armory in Manhattan.