BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A Binghamton business is leading the charge to keep kids warm during the winter.
Lupo's S&S Char-Pit is partnering with the United Way and other local businesses for the 19th annual Keeping Kids Warm Coat Drive. They are collecting new or gently used coats for kids in Broome County.
Organizers say that the circumstances in the Southern Tier will likely add to the number of people who need coats.
"We were hoping this program was going to end way before 19 years, but there's a need out there and with the flooding, I'm sure there's going to be a greater need," said Sam Lupo, event creator and organizer.
Organizers have distributed nearly 50,000 coats since the program's beginning.
Those needing coats are urged to call the Red Cross at 211.
Residents of the Southern Tier are being asked to donate new or gently used CHILDRENS coats to collection barrels at:
Lupo’s S&S Char-pit
6W State Street, Binghamton
219 Washington Avenue, Endicott
1251 Upper Front Street, Binghamton
3737 Vestal Parkway, Vestal
170 Main Street, Binghamton
1055 State Route 17C, Owego
Peoples National Bank
1026 Conklin Road, Conklin
1229 Upper Front Street, Binghamton
108 Second Street, Deposit
Miller Auto Team
4455 Vestal Pkwy E., Vestal
Tioga State Bank
1250 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal
1430 Upper Front Street, Binghamton
510 Hooper Road, Endwell
191 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton
203 Colesville Road, Binghamton