You see the ad every year on the subway: a shivering Statue of Liberty huddled in an overcoat.
Perhaps you've donated in past years, but if you can find a spare parka or raincoat in your closet, make sure to drop it off before Dec. 31, because they really need them this year.
Donations have been down, and despite adding new drop-off locations and starting two weeks earlier, so the drive has only collected 20 percent of what they need: 20,000 of the 100,000 coats necessary.
Last year donations were also down and 10,000 kids didn't get coats, according to New York Cares, which runs the 23-year-old drive.
So, if you're able to find something, here's where to drop them off in Forest Hills or Rego Park (or see map for more options):
- The NYPD 112 Precinct, Austin Street at Yellowstone Boulevard, 24 hours.
- Anne's Treeland, 64-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- NYPD drop-off, 155-09 Jewel Avenue, 24 hours.
Coats should be gently used and freshly laundered.
For more information about the Coat Drive or to make a donation, visit New York Cares or call (212) 402-1173.