‘Spread the Warmth’ drive provides warm clothing to Mason Square families in need

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (WWLP) – A community effort helped families in Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood prepare for the cold winter ahead by distributing warm clothing to those in need.

For the second year in a row, members of Mason Square C3 spent hours Saturday distributing hand-knitted clothing and winter coats from various donors to children and their parents.

Springfield City Council Vice President Tracye Whitfield told 22News the effort was spearheaded by Cheri Burton and Nicole Coakley, with community partners also devoting their time to knitting hats, scarves, gloves, and masks.

“We want to thank long term member of the Mason Square C3 Cheri Burton and other partners for organizing this drive for the second year in a row,” Whitfield said in a news release. “This is our first give away of the season, and a second give away will happen in January.”

Members of the Springfield Police Department helped with the distribution of the winter items. Springfield Police Sgt. Sergeant Derek Cook told 22News, “They appreciate the role they play improving the lives of neighborhood families.” The organization received a donation of $100 from Sergeant Cook.

An earlier version of the story inaccurately reported that the drive was organized by the Springfield Police Department. It has been corrected and updated to reflect that the drive was spearheaded by the Mason Square C3 organization.

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