A total of 850 new winter coats were distributed during a pair of recent community coat drives in Burlington County.
BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — A total of 850 new winter coats were distributed during a pair of recent community coat drives in Burlington County, State Sen. Troy Singleton announced on Monday.
Parents Engaging Parents (PEP) donated 750 coats, and Amazon donated another 100 through Families@Amazon during recent drives in Palmyra and Burlington City, according to the senator. Burlington County and Sisterhood, Inc. were also partners on the recent drives.
"Thanks to our collective efforts, hundreds of children will now have a new winter coat," Singleton said. "It is vitally important that we do all that we can to ensure that children in Burlington County have the tools they need to succeed and thrive, and that includes having a coat that will keep them warm on their way to school. I want to thank all of our amazing partners for sharing and valuing this commitment."
"We all know how unpredictable winter weather can be in New Jersey and the Northeast, making a warm winter coat an absolute necessity for all our residents," Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson said. "We also know that purchasing adequate winter outerwear can be a financial hardship for some families, so we're grateful that Senator Singleton and his staff organized this coat drive. It couldn't come at a more opportune time, and our county was happy to assist."
The senator worked with local non-profits and school districts to help pre-register and identify children who may be in need of a winter coat.
Singleton has made community service an integral component of his time in office. Each month, the Senator hosts a "Serve with Senator Singleton" event where he crowd-sources a team of volunteers to help with a community service project.
To date, he has held 36 such events, resulting in more than 1,400 volunteer hours being donated to local organizations. Additionally, the senator initiates many other community outreach efforts such as supply drives, annual back to school haircut events, reading challenges, meal distributions, and more.