CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect phone number for contacting CORE. That phone number has been corrected.
MOUNT MORRIS – In addition to educating adult learners at CORE – which stands for creating opportunities for rural education – educators are also hoping to keep people warm this winter.
“Anyone can donate and we like the idea of it being new and unused,” said Adrianna Seewaldt, community relations coordinator.
CORE is requesting hats and mittens that are new or not used. The donations will be collected through Dec. 22, and then distributed to those in need.
“We are donating all of our donations back to our community locally, to people who need it most, whether that is church congregations, children at school, shelters or you name it,” said Seewaldt.
People can place the donations in a box that is located near the front door at the CORE Learning Center, 22 Chapel Street, Mt Morris, NY.
“We are in the business of serving people and during the winters in Western New York it can get quite frigid and not everyone can afford a pair of gloves or a hat or something to keep them warm,” said Seewaldt.
CORE is a place that not only offers help for adult learners, but also helps them with career readiness.
“We teach primarily adult programs and offer services for them such as career readiness, writing resumes, creating cover letters, and employment resources.
“It is really a way to reach out to that population that is really underserved that did not do well in a traditional educational setting, that are looking to better their lives later on,” said Seewaldt.
Donations will also be accepted at the CORE learning center offices in Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. It is the first time they are conducting a hat and mitten drives and organizers are hoping it will be a big success.
“There is a need in every community. Every where you are going to find people that need this type of clothing and things to keep warm.
“We are doing it in all of our centers to serve as many people as possible,” said Seewaldt.
Money to buy needed hats and mittens is also being collected and Seewaldt said even a few dollars can have a big impact on someone’s life.
“With COVID-19 a lot of people were impacted financially, so if you can spare a few dollars to buy a couple of pairs of gloves for kids or adults that will help people locally.
“If they want to bring in a monetary donation we can then turn that around to purchase something at Walmart or a local store to then be dispensed back to the community,” said Seewaldt.
The collection effort is one more step that people at CORE are hoping will make a difference in improving the life of someone else.
“I feel great and it feels great to give back,” said Seewaldt.
Anyone interested in donating can contact CORE at (844) 969-2673.