MetroWest Clothing Initiative Kicks Off Second Drive

FRAMINGHAM – “A beautiful snowy day on my way to work in 2018 started it all. Driving through downtown Framingham, I was devastated to see those in need without something warm to wear. This sparked the idea of MetroWest Clothing Initiative,” said Amanda Cataldo, the Executive Director of the MetroWest Clothing Initiative.

The MetroWest clothing Initiative is a 100% volunteer operated mission to make sure every individual in the MetroWest community has something warm to wear during the winter season, she explained.

In 2018, the community banded together to make this mission possible by donating their gently used winter clothing as well as volunteering, and within 5 hours, we were able to serve 209 individuals on Thanksgiving 2018, Cataldo said.

The MetroWest Clothing Initiative has been so inspired by how our community supports one another, that we are so excited to share that we are hosting another event for those in need this year on Thanksgiving day, said Cataldo.

“Our goal this year is to serve 500 individuals through a curated shopping experience, so those who visit are able to choose a full winter outfit, toiletry items, and a reusable bag for free, said Cataldo.

This event is 100% volunteer operated, and 100% of donations go to those in need, said Cataldo.

“The team and I need our community’s help again in order to do this by donating gently used adult winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, re-usable bags, unopened toiletry items to one of our bright orange boxes,” said Cataldo.

The boxes are located at:

  • Holliston, Framingham & Marlborough Police Departments
  • Fraternal Order of the Eagles #894

Roger’s Insulation Specialists are also collecting winter wear for us, she added.

In addition, we are also searching for more volunteers, said Cataldo.

Want to help? Contact, or visit the organizations’s Facebook @metrowestclothinginitiative

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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