EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  - New or like-new winter coats except leather and suede will be collected from November 8 through November 15 at East Brunswick Township offices and other locations.

The collection hours at the township municipal complex at 1 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Recreation and Parks Department on 334 Dunhams Corner Road on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Township offices are closed on November 11 for Veterans Day.

Other collection sites are:

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  • the Raritan Valley YMCA on 144 Tices Lane Mondays through Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple on 222 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick  Monday through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The eighth annual Community Coat Drive is supported by the East Brunswick Education Association, the Educational Support Professional Council, the East Brunswick Public Schools, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, Public Works Director Daniel Losik, Marc Coleman, coordinator of the Department of Recycling and Solid Waste, which provides containers for the collection sites and Aquagem Media Group.

The coats will be dry-cleaned by students in the School of Career Development on the East Brunswick Campus of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

Coats will be distributed beginning the week of December 23 through January 18 by Lunch Break, a nonprofit that serves the needy, to students at the Job Corps site in Edison, to clients of the Rescue Mission of Trenton, Woman’s Awareness, EBEA Bear Necessities Clothing Den, and to other local people in need. The youth group of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick will distribute coats to homeless men and women in New York City on January 17.

For more information, contact Ms. Levy of Aquagem Media Group at (732) 995-2313.