Donations from as far as Texas will help Darien's P2P
During the last two months, Kimberly Tapscott, a Stamford realtor, collected nearly 200 coats and numerous cold weather accessories as part of a clothing drive she coordinated over the last two months.
Wednesday morning, Tapscott delivered the new and gently used items to Darien's Person-to-Person, a volunteer-driven, community-supported agency which helps individuals and families who lack the basic necessities or resources to improve their lives. The agency serves families from Stamford and Norwalk.
"We are thrilled to partner with Kimberly Tapscott in this grand effort to make sure as many people as possible have suitable winter outerwear as the temperature drops," Ceci Maher, executive director, said.
Donations of coats and gloves came as far away as Texas, Florida and North Carolina -- all from people who heard about the drive online. Some of the coats, hats, gloves and scarves that were donated were gently used and required professional cleaning. Tapscott sought out the help of Frank Policastro, owner of Crescent Cleaners in Stamford, who donated cleaning services to the effort.
"The success of the coat drive is attributed to the generous donations of people who took the time to check their closets and give us outerwear that other people could use," Tapscott said. "Equally important is the complimentary cleaning services of Crescent Cleaners. We could not have reached this point in the coat drive without the tremendous generosity of numerous people in the Stamford, Greenwich and Norwalk areas."
The drive collected 171 coats, 126 hats, 120 mittens, 25 scarves, nine pairs of snow pants and six pairs of boots.