5oo+ Tompkins households receive donations of warm winter clothing

The Ithaca Rotary Club wrapped up its 25th annual Share the Warmth campaign in mid-December. In collaboration with Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga, donations of new or gently used winter clothing were gratefully collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of sponsoring partner organizations.

Over the two week distribution period in early December, 527 Tompkins County households received warm winter clothing through the annual Share the Warmth project.  A total of 4,307 items – coats, boots, hats, blankets, sweaters, gloves, scarves and other cold weather gear – were distributed to those in need.

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga and the Ithaca Rotary Club extend thanks to all Share the Warmth volunteers and partner organizations: the Ithaca, Dryden, and Trumansburg Rotary Clubs; Cornell University; Ithaca College; and Finger Lakes ReUse (whose truck fleet and staff picked up and dropped off the donated items).  

For more information about Share the Warmth, please email chair Loralyn Light at Additional information about the Rotary Club of Ithaca may be found at