GreenEarth Affiliates Helping Out
DONATE WINTER COATS NOW FOR THE NEEDY OF TOMORROW
by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: May 6, 2015 12:04AM
Hudson — Just as the weather is warming, and it’s time to discard old winter coats, think about donating them to the Hudson League for Service Warm Winter Coat Drive for someone next year.
The Hudson League for Service, founded in 1947, is collecting warm winter coats to distribute in October to people in need in the Hudson school district.
“This is the second annual coat drive,” said Jennifer McKinley. “Last year the Hudson community was very generous and donated nearly 400 coats. Many adults were overjoyed to have a coat because of the cold winter.”
Matt Hons, owner with Craig Hons of Martinizing Dry Cleaning, 118 W. Streetsboro Road, will clean and freshen all donated coats for free, a service valued at $4,000 to $5,000. Martinizing Dry Cleaning uses Hudson’s original GreenEarth cleaning non-toxic cleaning process.
“We’ve been part of the community as a locally owned and operated company for 20 years,” said Craig Hons. “This is one way we like to give back to all the customers who have helped us be successful.”
Pastor Jerry Witt of Hope Community Church, 3033 Middleton Road, has agreed to store the cleaned donated coats for distribution days.
“We’ve joined the team with the Hudson League for Service and Martinizing Dry Cleaning to help store and distribute coats to needy families in Hudson,” Witt said. “Our vision at Hope Community Church is to impact the community outside our four walls. We continue to do ministries in conjunction with other organizations and churches in Hudson and the surrounding communities.”
Coats can be dropped off at Hope Community Church which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Martinizing will have a box for coats and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Destination Hudson Visitor Center also will have a box in its vestibule for drop off.
There is a great need for adult coats for men and women, especially in larger sizes, McKinley said.
“Parents think of their children first,” McKinley said. “They grow out of their coats, and it becomes expensive so parents go without, or senior citizens go without a coat to pay bills. We want to reach out to them so they can be warm.”
Check donations may be sent to Hudson League for Service at P.O. Box 203, Hudson, OH 44236 with “coat drive” in the subject line.