On Wednesday, February 12, Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS) Assistant Commissioner of Government & Community Relations, Lisa Black, joined Brooklyn Deputy Borough President, Diana Reyna, 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.
“Year after year, we anticipate and appreciate this tremendous endeavor, which directly benefits New Yorkers in shelter,” said Assistant Commissioner Black. “We are always humbled by the generosity of communities throughout the five boroughs, and want to thank both the KDCA and the Office of the Borough President for making this event possible.”
Comprised of individual dry cleaning stores from across the City, the KDCA has facilitated similar clothing drives for many years. In line with DHS’ focus on employment, the donations are often utilized by clients as they attend job interviews and pursue employment.
The approximately 70 boxes of 2,000 donated items are currently being sorted, transported and delivered by staff members in DHS’ Division of Administration.
Read the press release here
* Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.