FRAMINGHAM – In January, Amanda Cataldo was driving to work in a snow storm.
“When driving through downtown Framingham, I drove past two individuals who did not have a warm coat. I could not stop thinking about these two, and couldn’t help but feel compelled to do something,” said Cataldo.
So Cataldo has launched a small organization called MetroWest Clothing Initiative, dedicated to assist MetroWest residents, who are in need of winter gear.
“Warmth isn’t a luxury. It is a simple human right that everyone is entitled to, and I am hoping that our community can come together to share the warmth with those who are down on their luck,” said Cataldo to SOURCE.
The first winter clothing drive is taking place now in MetroWest.
“For our inaugural year, we are anticipating approximately 800 individuals to be coming for assistance,” said Cataldo. “We need MetroWest’s help, in order to make sure every individual that comes through the door, will leave with something warm to wear for the upcoming winter months.”
“My team and I have placed several bright orange boxes in the area to collect winter gear donations,” said Cataldo.
Current box locations are at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Framingham Police Department, Beacon Street Bar & Grill, Santander Bank in Ashland, and in about a another will be at Holliston Police department, said Cataldo.
If there are individuals who happen to have a significant amount of winter clothing donations, we can also also can arrange a pickup if necessary, said Cataldo.
The organization is accepting donations through November 20.
Clothing will be passed out on Thanksgiving, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles at 55 Park Street in Framingham.
If there is another community business that would like to host a “bright orange box,” they can email team@