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WEST HAVEN, Dec. 23, 2016 — Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, right, helps H. Richard Borer Jr., president of Easter Seals Goodwill Industries of North Haven, load 42 donated fur, faux fur and leather coats into a Goodwill van Thursday, Dec. 22, in the parking lot of the Savin Rock Conference Center.
O’Brien received the furs, worth thousands of dollars, from Tom Prezioso, owner of Furs by Prezioso Ltd. of Hamden, to distribute to city residents in need.
However, because “the city is not in the fur business,” O’Brien gave the surplus furs — furs that were never claimed at Prezioso’s Whitney Avenue store — to Borer, who in turn provided the mayor with a supply of $20 vouchers for needy residents to exchange for clothing at Easter Seals Goodwill retail stores.
O’Brien praised Prezioso’s generosity, saying, “We all know that there are people who are not as fortunate as Tom, Rich and I, and Mr. Prezioso’s selfless deed renews my faith that there are still people who give of themselves so that others can have a better life.”
O’Brien said the Department of Human Resources at City Hall, 355 Main St., will dole out the vouchers to eligible residents. To request a voucher, call Commissioner Beth A. Sabo at 203-937-3558.
Goodwill is a community-based organization committed to enhancing employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges in Greater New Haven, said Borer, who served as West Haven’s mayor from 1991 to 2005.
The progressive organization owns and operates 13 secondhand retail stores and one outlet across south-central and eastern Connecticut. All proceeds from the stores’ sales support Goodwill’s mission.
The stores also provide employment for clients with disabilities and other special needs.
(City Photo/David W. Richards)