Farmingdale, NJUnited Way of Monmouth County has initiated a “Warmest Wishes” new clothing drive for children in need in Monmouth County. Extending through January, the organization is collecting new hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, coats, sweatpants, sweatshirts/fleeces, boots, socks and underwear. United Way is partnering with area schools and local distribution centers to provide these clothes, which are needed more than ever following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

“This initiative provides a way for individuals and organizations to send their ‘warmest wishes’ to children in need of clothing in our area, particularly those who have lost so much due to the hurricane,” says Timothy Hearne, Jr., President and CEO of United Way of Monmouth County.

Donations will be accepted at the United Way warehouse in Farmingdale, the Customer Service Center at Monmouth Mall during mall hours and the Asbury Park Press offices located at 235 Willowbrook Road in Freehold, 3601 Highway 66 in Neptune and 1415 Route 37 West in Toms River. Pick-up dates can be arranged for businesses or organizations who wish to come together as a group to make donations.

For more information, please call Kaarina Romero at 732-938-5988 x 2042 or visit Updates are also available by visiting United Way of Monmouth County’s Facebook page.