During last Thursday night ’ s 7th Annual Coats For Kids, which was ugly sweater friendly, at Dryft Revere, the community teamed up to ensure that no child goes without a warm winter coat. Organizers worked with public and charter school officials, the Department of Children and Families and social workers to determine need. Drop-off locations are around the city, including Dryft Revere, Power of Recovery, the police station and Volare Revere. Coats must be new.
Event cohosts Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe and Firefighter Matthew Parlante said that before the day of the event began they had 300 coats and another 400 coats there that night, amounting to more than 1,000 coats – making this coat drive the best one yet.
Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe, Santa and State Representative Jessica Giannino.
Police officers showed their support. Pictured from left to right: Sgt. Joseph Internicola, Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe, Matthew Parlante, State Representative Jessica Giannino and Police Lt. Robert Impemba at the 7th annual Coats for Kids.
The pile of donations grew as the night went on.
Event co-organizer Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe, Dryft Revere owner Michael Aldi and event co-organizer Firefighter Matthew Parlante
Local 926 Union President/Capt. Kevin O’Hara (fifth from left) with on-duty Firefighters Patrick Roosa, Matthew Parlante, Justin Lally, Lt. William Brown, Brian Hartman and Joseph Laurano, along with Councillors Gerry Visconti and Marc Silvestri, Mayor Brian Arrigo, Councillors Patrick Keefe and Ira Novoselsky (seated), State Senator Lydia Edwards and State Representative Jessica Giannino.
Pictured from left to right: Linda DeMaio, Matthew Parlante, Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna, Patti Pote and Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe with the coats that they donated.
Showing support, pictured from left to right: State Senator Lydia Edwards, Police Lt. Robert Impemba, State Representative Jessica Giannino, Police Sgt. Joseph Internicola (in back), Councillor-at-Large Steven Morabito, firefighter/event co-host Matthew Parlante, Santa, Ward 4 Councillor/event co-host Patrick Keefe, Mayor Brian Arrigo, Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna, City Council President/Councillor-at-Large Gerry Visconti, School Committee members Aisha Milbury-Ellis and John Kingston and Ward 1 Councillor Ira Novoselsky (kneeling).
Lending a helping hand were Sharon and Joseph Sicurella alongside co-organizer Matthew Parlante. They feel sorry for the kids and want them to help them out.
Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe and his wife, Jennifer, are shown with newly donated coats at Dryft Revere, which is one of the drop-off locations in the city.
Holding donated jackets were Vanessa Mariscal and Lorraine Parlante (far left), with event co-organizer Matthew Parlante.
Event co-organizers Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe and Matthew Parlante.
City Clerk Ashley Melnik, Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe and Nicholas Daher
Phil Madden and Karen Alba Madden, who is a retired A.C. Whelan teacher, said there are many needy children in the city.