More than 18,000 men, women and children living in South Jersey were little warmer these past winter seasons because of how the community has responded to HFM Advisors’ annual Gloucester County Coat Drive.
With partnerships spanning across the county and more than 30 additional locations, volunteers of the drive are looking to comfort even more people, as HFM Advisors is scheduled to kick off this year’s efforts Oct. 15, which will continue through Jan. 31, 2020.
This will be the 10th annual drive and if last year’s success are any indication, thousands more people will be shielded from the cold this coming season with warm, dependable coats.
“We started this coat drive 10 years ago in the hopes that we’d collect a couple of hundred coats. Knowing more than 18,000 people benefited from this idea is the inspiration we need to do even more in this year’s drive,” said HFM Advisors President Michael Pallozzi.
Volunteers will continue to expand the drive’s reach to include other southern New Jersey counties such as Salem and Cumberland. Volunteers are currently setting up the three-foot tall boxes and will deliver them throughout the region next week.
HFM Advisors partners with Heart of South Jersey (www.heartsj.org), which distributes the donated coats to more than 20 nonprofit organizations. The Y.A.L.E school of Cherry Hill provides volunteers to help count, sort and deliver coats throughout the drive. These organizations help get the coats into the hands of veterans, children, families and the homeless.
“Our mission is to provide a coat for every man, woman and child in need in South Jersey. Keeping people safe and warm is part of who we are at HFM Advisors. It is an honor to be able to grow this coat drive to help even more people this coming year,” Pallozzi said.