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Share the Warmth Men's Coat Drive

In anticipation of the cold Rochester winter that lies ahead, Friends of Strong is again teaming up with the Emergency Department and Advantage Federal Credit Union to host a winter coat drive to provide a warm coat to patients in need who are awaiting discharge from the hospital.

The hospital and URMC community are all invited to be a part of this impactful initiative—you too can help make this annual initiative a success by donating a new or gently used men’s winter coat at one of our conveniently-located collection bins detailed below.

The Winter Ahead and a Community in Need

As a team, the Emergency Department (ED) staff do everything they can to ensure that every patient is discharged with weather-appropriate clothing, but it’s a goal that can be extremely difficult to accomplish during Rochester’s often-brutal winters.

The ED serves a diverse population, explains Dan Nowak, MS, RN, Director of Patient Family Relations, ED. “Many of our patients come to us after an accident or an injury with their winter clothing badly ruined, while some arrive with very little clothing, or clothing that isn’t weather-appropriate because they either can’t afford winter clothing or are homeless.”

Each winter the ED begins the season with many coats donated by the ED staff themselves. Unfortunately, the needs often and quickly outpace this initial supply. That’s one reason why Friends of Strong  and Advantage Federal Credit Union are helping to support the ED.

Please Note: No women’s coats, children's coats or any other clothing items are needed at this time.

Winter coats lined up with purple hangersHow to Help

For URMC Staff:
     Strong Memorial Hospital Main Lobby
     All Hours

     Whipple Circle Entrance
     (Ground Floor near UR ID and Post Offices) All Hours

     Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters
     (Near Flaum Atrium) All Hours

Offsite Donation Bin:  There is a large white donation drop box outside of Advantage Federal Credit Union at 2515 Browncroft Blvd.

If these options aren't convenient for you, please contact Susan Sullivan at to explore alternative arrangements to make your donation.

Thank you for helping us prepare for this winter’s anticipated cold weather!

Emily A. Teitsworth | 11/9/2023

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