Clean Out the Coat Closet and Donate

by Danielle Cotterman on September 12, 2011 at 5:35 am

The colder months are coming….and now is the time to clean out the coat closet and donate.

The Salvation Army will once again team-up with Old Town Cleaners to collect "Coats for Kids." Gently worn coats are donated, cleaned and repaired by Old Town Cleaners and then distributed through the Salvation Army. The partnership has been giving back to the community in need for nearly 20 years and have successfully donated a number of coats.

"Quit a few thousand, explained President of Old Town Cleaners David Frick. "I used to track it every year, we used to do somewhere between 700-800 and then it dropped to 400 or 500, you just never know from one year to the next."

Last year the Salvation Army helped 234 families stay warm- distributing more than 500 jackets. Captain Diane Campbell encourages families to sort-through their closets now. She said any gently worn jacket can make all the difference for a child once those winter months hit.

"It is really nice because when a little one puts on a coat they just smile form ear to ear and they button it up and get all excited because to them it’s new," said Campbell. "It’s clean, it’s new. So whether it’s a new coat or a hardly ever worn coat it’s still new to them."

New or gently-used coats can be dropped off at the Salvation Army located on Putnam Avenue or at either location of Old Town Cleaners located on Maple Avenue.

Families in need of a coat can fill out an application throughout the month of September. You will need to bring a Social Security Card for each member of the family, your monthly income and know your child’s coat size.

For more information call 740-452-8350