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United Way, Herb Philipson’s Provide Winter Clothes To Local Kids

Gino Geruntino, WIBX

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Children at ten local schools are getting some clothes this holiday season, thanks to the Herb Philipson’s and the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.

As part of their annual partnership with the retail store, more than 100 new coats and pairs of boots were donated to children in need.

Executive Director, Brenda Episcopo, says representatives from schools including Herkimer, Remington and Watson WIlliams Elementary Schools stopped by the office to collect the donations.

“They see the needs and they see the kids that are coming to school without proper coats, and it’s cold out, and on a day like today they’re wearing like maybe a sweater or a light jacket,” Episcopo said.  ”To really be able to give the kids who needed them a warm winter coat is good. It keeps them healthier, it keeps them in school so they can engage better and they’re just so happy to be here.”

One of those representatives was Cheryl Minor, the principal of Watson Williams Elementary school. She says the new coats and boots will come in handy this winter.

“I do think that this time of the year is a wonderful time for giving, and we truly appreciate the support that we get from the United Way throughout the year,” Minor said. “So, we are forever grateful for their consideration.”

Episcopo says this is only one of several Day of Caring events the United Way does each year. Other donation drives include a spring diaper drive and a school supply donation event in the fall.

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