“While reports have said that holiday spending is up, that is just not the case for so many of our neighbors. There are still numerous jobless and homeless individuals, families living in shelters and parents who simply cannot afford to purchase warm coats for their families, ” said Cephas Bowles, President and CEO of WBGO. “The economy and the overwhelming losses caused by Superstorm Sandy have brought about greater need for winter coats. We at WBGO believe it is our responsibility as good neighbors to use our airwaves, manpower and strong community partnerships to bring comfort to as many people as possible. Whether you have coats to donate or need a coat for yourself or your family, we urge area residents and visitors to lend or accept a helping hand.”
People are encouraged to bring new or clean, gently used coats in all sizes to two the drop off locations:
WBGO-FM: 54 Park Place, Newark, NJ
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christoffers Flowers: 860 Mountain Avenue, Mountainside, NJ
Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Coats will be distributed Monday – Friday (closed on Christmas day) at five locations in Newark:
New Community Corporation:
Roseville Avenue Elementary School: 70 Roseville Avenue / (973) 268-5312
Ironbound Community Corporation:
The New Hope Baptist Church: 196 Sussex Avenue / (973) 622-4547
Urban League of Essex County: 508 Central Avenue / (973) 624-9535
For more information on distribution and hours of operation, please contact individual organizations.
Everyone who donates a coat at the WBGO location qualifies to enter to win one of 10 See’s Candies gift cards (valued at $25). Winners will be selected by drawing on January 21, 2013. Gift cards can be redeemed on-line at www.sees.com.
Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey and worldwide via wbgo.org. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children’s programs. Beyond reaching 400, 000 weekly listeners (including 17, 000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine’s 2010 Major Market Station of the Year.