‘Calling All Coats’ Brings in Huge Donations

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—8News thanks everyone who stopped by the Puritan Cleaners on Staples Mill Road on Thursday to support our annual “Calling All Coats” event.

One by one, people stopped by Puritan Cleaners on Nov. 14 to make a big difference in a child's life.

“It's just taking up space and it's still got a lot of good use to it, so hopefully it'll help somebody out this winter,” said Bob Koehler about the coat he donated.

“Calling All Coats” is a crucial part of the Coats for Kids campaign.

8News is once again teaming up with Puritan Cleaners to collect gently-used coats throughout the month of November.

“We need kids coats, adult coats; anything you have we'll take it,” said Puritan Cleaners President Gary Glover. “We'll get it cleaned up and down to the Salvation Army for distribution.”

The need is great and no donation is too big or small; 9,000 people have signed up to receive Salvation Army assistance this holiday season.

“Even one can help,” said donor Joseph Minarczyk. “Yup, absolutely.”

Once coats are dropped off, Puritan cleans them, tags them and makes them look brand new. The process is truly a team effort.

“Not all of our teammates can give, but they can work extra, work weekends to clean coats [and] get things ready, so it just makes us feel like we're contributing as well,” Glover said.

Thursday's “Calling All Coats” event marks the halfway point in the campaign. The event collected 1,574 coats, and there is still plenty of time to donate.

For those who weren't able to make it out but want to help, you are encouraged to drop off gently-used coats or make a cash donation at any Puritan Cleaners location through Saturday, Nov. 30.


Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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