Coats for Connecticut is underway

December 13, 2012 by  

The Coats for Connecticut drive is already halfway through its two month duration, with Best Cleaners raising the bar this year, looking for at least 3,000 winter coats.

The campaign runs from November 5 to January 5, collecting, cleaning, and distributing coats to those who need them in Bristol, Meriden, Hartford, Middletown, and New Britain. Over the last three years, the dry cleaning team has distributed 6,500 coats to various charities in these areas and, following Hurricane Sandy and the threat of a harsh winter, the team wants to distribute even more.

The public has been asked to take any winter coats which are in good condition to one of 11 Best Cleaners stores, where the coats will be cleaned and prepared for distribution. Coats for all age groups are delivered to the Connection programs and Salvation Army centers that get the coats out to those who need them.

According to the president of Best Cleaners, Shawn McCann, organizations have already confirmed their participation in the campaign. The Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army, Major Dave Champlin, spoke of the arrival of the coats, all covered in plastic on hangers, clean and ready to wear. He added that it was gratifying to help struggling parents looking for a coat to keep their child warm.

The campaign is set up to make it easy for people to donate coats without needing to have them cleaned first, and for charities to distribute to those in need. Local printing companies may also contribute their poster printing skills to promote the campaign.