JAMESTOWN – Donations are being accepted all winter long for Keeping Each Other Warm in Jamestown, NY – a community outreach project spearheaded by local residents and whose purpose is to help neighbors in our community neighbors who need support to keep warm during our bitterly cold winter.
The project involves hanging winter clothing items on clothes lines in public places around Jamestown, and giving anyone in need of winter clothing the opportunity to take what they need.
The project is coordinated by residents Georgeanna Guiffrida Culpepper and Audrey Ralston.
Guiffrida Culpepper said they started working on the project in 2014, during an especially bitterly cold winter. “I came across a picture on Facebook that showed scarves tied around trees with the simple message, ‘If you’re stuck out in the cold, take me,'” she explained. “From there the idea grew. I talked with my family and collected our old winter items, the things my kids grew out of and things we didn’t use anymore. I talked to Audrey and she thought it was great and started looking through her items.”
“And then we started thinking, let’s expand the idea,” Guiffrida Culpepper said. “Instead of scarves, lets also provide gloves and hats and all kinds of things and so the idea took off from there with the clothes line and keeping the items clean and dry. So we just kind of kept brainstorming and came up with the basic premise of keeping each other warm.”
Keeping Each Other Warm encourages the donations of adult and children hats, scarves, earmuffs, ear bands, gloves and sock, along with children’s coats and snow pants.
The project will also accept monetary donations to assist in keeping lines in good repair, in addition to buying winter gear to hang.
Anyone wanting to donate items can do so by dropping them off at locations located throughout the city, including:
- Aftercare Nursing Services (Medical Arts Building, 500 Pine Street)The Medical Arts Building (500 Pine St.)
- Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio (212 Pine St.)
- First Lutheran Church (120 Chandler St.)
- Custom Carpet Center (Fairmount Ave., Lakewood)
- Joe Z Coffee (98 Forest Ave.)
Items can be found during the winter months hanging on lines located at:
- Jamestown Riverwalk
- Reg Lenna Center For The Arts (in front of The Reg Studio)
- Dow Park (across from James Prendergast Library Association, in the lower corner at 7th and Washington Streets)
- Lillian Dickson Park (Falconer Street)
- Joe Z Coffee (corner of Forest and Prather Streets)
More details on the project can be found at the Keeping Each Other Warm in Jamestown, NY Facebook page. Both Guiffreda Culpper and Ralston will also discuss the project during this week’s Community Matters program, which airs at 5 p.m. on Thursday on WRFA.