Tonawanda News — It's winter in Western New York ... and it's not going away anytime soon.
Several days of cold, snowy conditions, however, have left residents of the Tonawandas digging out and preparing for the months ahead as snow continues in the forecast for today and portions of the coming week — and organizations that provide those in need with warm clothing filling requests for coats, gloves, hat and boots.
Greg Lureman of Twin Cities Community Outreach said that the TCCO Clothes Closet, as usual, could use gloves and hats — but more than anything, it needs warm winter coats
"It's that time of year," he said. "Anything we're fortunate enough to get in seems to go out as soon as it comes in. We can always use coats. There's always a need this time of year, and that's our biggest need."
In addition, the closet could use boots and warm blankets and heavier bedding in good shape. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Thursdays at the closet at TCCO, 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda.
However, while coats are always needed, sometimes the less obvious items are needed even more.
Gerald Tidd, commander of the Chapter 120, Roll of Honor, Disabled American Veterans, said the organization has collected many coats, hats and gloves for homeless veterans, but could really use long underwear for both men and women (as many veterans on the street are female), socks, boots and shoes in good shape. In addition, small cooking appliances with which to heat up food and coupons for fast-food restaurants are always welcome.
"That way, they can go inside and get warm for a while," he said.
Donated items can be dropped off at 460 North Ave., North Tonawanda, or at 1945 Parker Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. For more information, call Tidd at 310-2004.