As the holiday season approaches State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. wants to make sure that all residents have the food and clothing they need, so he is partnering with Bottomless Closet for a food and clothing drive this fall.
Starting on Monday, October 3 through Friday, November 18, Addabbo’s Howard Beach and Middle Village offices will act as drop off points to collect non-perishable foods as well as new or gently used women’s professional attire and winter clothes for the drive. The food donations will go to benefit the Our Lady of Grace and the Sacred Heart food pantries in Howard Beach and Glendale respectively, while the business clothing will go to Bottomless Closet and the winter clothing will be donated to the local Salvation Army.
Addabbo’s Howard Beach office is located at 159-53 102nd Street in Howard Beach, and his Middle Village office is located at 66-85 73rd Place in Middle Village. The offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The holidays are a time for us to reflect on the year we had and recognize all the amazing things that we have to be grateful for. And while it is a time for reflection, it is also a time for giving, and we should also be thinking about those that are less fortunate than us and how we can help,” Addabbo said. “With this clothing and food drive I hope to provide my constituents a way to help those in need during this holiday season."
Non-perishable items that are needed include:
- Canned vegetables and fruit;
- Crackers and snacks;
- Pasta and rice;
- Soups, stews and chili;
- Cooking oil;
- Dried herbs and spices;
- And additional non-perishable foods.
The winter clothing that will be accepted include new or gently used coats, hats, glove, scarves, boots, pants, sweaters and sweatshirts, and more.
Addabbo is also partnering with Bottomless Closet for this drive to collect new or gently used women’s profession clothing. Bottomless Closet is an organization that collects professional attire for women who are entering the workforce. They also provide women with resume help, interview prep and a wide variety array of professional workshops to give them the skills they need to land a job.
“I am proud to partner with Bottomless Closet on this drive because they provide a vital service to women who are looking for work but who may not have the necessary clothing or skills for them to feel confident to achieve their goals,” Addabbo said. “I look forward to getting them lots of clothing to help their clients reach their dreams.”
To learn more about Bottomless Closet visit https://bottomlesscloset.org/ and to learn more about this drive, call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.