Winter Storm Leon is currently hammering the Deep South today. The eastern United States has been pummeled over and over by snow and ice storms. A polar vortex (where frigid air from the Artic comes down to the United States) is on its way. Thousands of airplane flights have been canceled. Schools, and businesses have closed. And with all of this frigid winter weather swirling around, there are over 100,000 people in New York City who are in need of winter coats.
Edison Properties and Manhattan Mini Storage (part of Edison’s network of businesses) are collecting coats from January 28 through Friday February 7. Edison will put collection boxes at all of the Manhattan Mini Storage locations as well as their other Edison-owned properties such as WorkSpace Offices, Executive Suites, Pre-Built Suites, The Hippodrome office building, and The Ludlow residential tower. All of the donated coats will go to New York Cares.
“We recognize that there’s a crisis here, right in our own backyard,” said Stacy Stuart, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources at Edison Properties. “And we know that if you ask New Yorkers to pitch in and help out their fellow citizens, they will. So we’re doing what we can to raise awareness and get these coats out to the people who need them as soon as possible.”
With all of this freezing winter weather, lives could be at stake if people do not get proper outer winter wear. In the past, Edison and Manhattan Mini Storage have collected winter coats for New York Cares. Their help at this time is especially critical and needed.
In the late 1980s, a group of friends wanted to help with some of the serious social issues that faced the New York City. When they found that there were very few options, they created their own organization and New York Cares was born.
This organization is the city’s largest volunteer organization. They run volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools. The organization has run a massive citywide coat drive annually for the past 25 years. The coats that are collected will be distributed to nonprofit, social service agencies, churches, schools, and shelters around the city.
Edison Properties is the parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage. Manhattan. Owned by the same family since 1956, Mini Storage is well known for its subway ads and billboards. It has over 50,000 storage units throughout Manhattan.
“Pitching in to Spread Warmth: Edison Properties Joins New York Cares Coat Dire as Deep Freeze Continues.” PRWeb; 28 January 2014.
“Deadly Winter Storm Leon Slams South: State by State Impact.” The Weather Channel; 28 January 2014.