“Wintersgiving”

 

Paramedic Marc MacLaughlan and EMT Matheus Martins Santos

Paramedic Marc MacLaughlan and EMT Matheus Martins Santos

Armstrong Ambulance is collecting donations of warm clothing and non-perishable food for those in need this holiday season.

From now until Dec. 31, Armstrong will be collecting new and gently used clothing items to help the homeless stay warm this winter. The items that are needed most include coats and jackets, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, sweatpants and jeans.

In addition, Armstrong invites members of the communities it serves — plus anyone from surrounding communities — to contribute non-perishable food items. Ideal items for donation include canned protein like tuna, chicken, salmon, beans and low-sodium soups, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, canned fruit, fried applesauce, whole grains like crackers, oatmeal, high fiber cereal and rice, or dairy items like evaporated milk.

Clothing items will be donated to Bay Cove Human Services, while food items will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Please note that the food bank does not accept baby food or pet food.

Collection bins are located inside each of Armstrong’s locations, and residents interested in donating items may leave them at the facility, where they will be collected by an Armstrong employee.

Donations can be delivered to any of the following locations:

87 Mystic St., Arlington

487 Washington St., Brighton

217 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington (entrance in the rear)

70 Union St., Medford

32 Summer St., Stoneham

10 Micro Drive, Woburn (entrance in the rear)

55 Knox Trail, Acton

16 Hamilton St., Saugus

“Armstrong is dedicated to providing a higher standard of care for our patients and communities every day, and we want to heighten that care by giving back,” Armstrong CEO Rich Raymond said. “Our care providers regularly interact with vulnerable populations and understand there is a significant need for support that we, along with our partner communities, can help meet. We encourage everyone to join us and help collect warm clothing and nutritious food items for families who need it the most this holiday season.”

Any questions may be directed to Meredith Lambroff at 781-859-1306.

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