On Thursday, January 31, Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Seth Diamond joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to accept thousands of items of clothing that were donated by the Korean Dry Cleaners Association (KDCA). The annual event, which was held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, aims to collect gently used attire- such as overcoats, jackets, sweaters and pants- and distribute them to shelters throughout the five boroughs.
"Every year, we look forward to this great undertaking, which truly helps so many of our clients in shelter," Commissioner Diamond said, as he accepted a sampling of the goods. "What may seem like a lost or forgotten to coat to one person, may be a treasured gift and a sense of newfound confidence for someone in shelter. We want to thank both the KDCA and the Office of Borough President Markowitz for their continued partnership and generosity."
Comprised of individual dry cleaning stores from across the City, the KDCA has facilitated similar clothing drives for many years. In line with DHS' strong focus on employment, the donations are often utilized by clients as they attend job interviews and pursue employment.
The approximately 100 boxes of donated items are currently being sorted, transported and delivered by staff members in DHS' Division of Administration.