Princeton police kick off annual winter coat drive

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By Lea Kahn, Staff Writer
Buoyed by the success of past winter coat drives, the Princeton Police Department has kicked off its 5th annual winter coat drive – with the goal of exceeding last year’s collection of 2,000 pounds of outerwear.
Police are asking residents to donate gently used or new winter coats and other suitable cold weather clothing in good condition for both children and adults, between now and Nov. 20.
The winter coats and clothing, which can be dropped off in the lobby of the Princeton Police Department headquarters at 1 Valley Road, will benefit those who are in need in the Princeton community.
Despite Princeton’s image as a well-to-do community, there are many people who live here and that do not have everything they need to make it through the cold winter months, said Officer Daniel Federico. He helped to organize the first coat drive.
Police officers want to help people, Officer Federico said, and this is one way to carry out that mission. The Princeton Police Department has collected hundreds of coats in the past four years, which have been distributed to those who need them.
For more information, contact the Princeton Police Safe Neighborhood Bureau at 609-921-2100, ext. 5, or email [email protected].