With Cold Coming, DOT Looks to Spread Warmth

Bureau of Turnpikes Holding ‘Coats and Cover’ Drive Until End of October

Winters in New Hampshire can be cold, and for the less fortunate, warm items can be hard to come by. Workers from the DOT’s Bureau of Turnpikes are hoping to help spread some warmth this winter by holding a “coats and cover” drive, collecting jackets, blankets, hats, mittens and gloves — basically anything to help someone keep warm.

James MacNichol, a patrol foreman in Nashua and Chapter 17 member, said they’re collecting gently used but unwanted items through the end of October at two locations: Families in Transition in Manchester and the DOT’s Morton Building on Hazen Drive in Concord.

“This will be our second year doing something like this,” MacNichol said. “Last year, we did a food drive, and we collected over 1,000 items along with about $300 in cash that we donated to a food pantry in Seabrook.”

He said drives such as this succeed because state employees are generous, and there are a lot of them.

“To me, things work in numbers,” he said. “When you get a lot of people pulling together, it can make things happen and really make a difference for other people.”

The food drive last year was organized around the DOT’s safety day (this year’s is Oct. 13), but MacNichol said they’ll be accepting items through the end of the month.

“We’re hoping people will go through their closets and find any coats, blankets, hats and mittens they don’t need that someone else could really use,” MacNichol said. “When we’re done, we’ll gather it all and get it to the organization that are in need of these things.”

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