Coats For Connecticut Keeps 16,000 Warm
By Community Contributor SUSAN DANIELS About this post
January 29, 2015, 12:35 PM
Middletown, CT — The sixth annual COATS FOR CONNECTICUT campaign proved to be yet another avalanche of generosity and community with 16,000 gently-used coats being collected, cleaned and delivered to those in need throughout the winter months. From November 7 through January 3, the general public was asked to drop off gently-used winter coats for all ages at any of Best Cleaners’ 11 locations for free cleaning and weekly delivery to Salvation Army centers and shelters in the greater Hartford, Middletown, Meriden, Bristol and New Britain areas. This year additional deliveries were also made to Salvation Army Centers in Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Waterbury, with the total number of coats collected increasing by 14% over last year’s record breaking number of 14,000, mostly due to the campaign’s media partners, Eyewitness News Channel 3, The River 105.9, YZ 92.5 and Young’s Printing, turning up the volume on getting the word out in a big way.
“To be honest, I was thinking we would be happy to hit last year’s 14,000 total again, given how successful that campaign with having tripled the previous year’s total,” stated Shawn McCann, President of Best Cleaners and organizer of COATS FOR CONNECTCIUT, “So 16,000 is a great accomplishment, although not a great surprise knowing how folks in Connecticut rally to help one another throughout the year. The campaign’s success is a direct result of that collaborative spirit and the hard work and commitment of our campaign partners.”
In addition to individual donations, many businesses, schools and other organization held their own collection and then dropped off the items at the nearest Best location or arranged for Best to pick up, making it easy and convenient for more people in more communities to participate. People can donate freely without having to incur the expense or time to have items cleaned. Best uses its everyday process, the environmentally-friendly GreenEarth drycleaning method and its free delivery service, greatly reducing the Salvation Army’s staff time for taking in and distributing the donations. The value of the donated drycleaning services total $210,000.
Best Cleaners has locations in Berlin, Bristol, Canton, Farmington, Glastonbury, Middletown, North Haven, Plainville, Rocky Hill, and Windsor and also offers home delivery and pickup in those areas as well as the shoreline communities. For more information on the COATS FOR CONNECTICT clothing drive go to www.coatsforct.org; for more on Best Cleaners go to www.bestcleaners.com; and for more on the Salvation Army of Connecticut, go to www.salvationarmyct.org.