UTICA, N.Y. -- A drive to help the Utica Rescue Mission keep people warm through the winter has been a big help in meeting an increased need.
The Rescue Mission says they're giving out about 20 percent more clothing this year. Coming to their rescue were about 300 coats donated through the "Warm for the Winter" clothing drive. Donations were collected at Chanatry's Market and the Mid-State Correctional Facility.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi's office helped put it all together. They say they were surprised by the turnout, but more than happy to help.
"As you can tell because it's a very cold day, this is a time when, the Rescue Mission's greatest need is for winter clothing and hopefully they can get these coats out immediately to people in need," Brindisi said.
The Rescue Mission says it will continue taking donations throughout the holiday season. They say they could use some extra blankets and more turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinner.