Hundreds of coats gathered at the Coats for Kids Warming Party

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds of coats were gathered to give to people in need this winter at Saturday’s Coats for Kids Warming Party held at the Diamond.

This is the 8th annual event, held each year during Puritan Cleaners Coats for Kids campaign.

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In past years, the business has collected an average of 15,000 coats per year before washing and repairing them to be delivered to the Salvation Army for distribution to Central Virginia’s needy families.

The event also featured live music, free chili tastings, games and crafts for the kids. Those who brought coats received a raffle ticket for a chance to win Flying Squirrels baseball memorabilia.

The Ballpark Warming Party was free to fans of all ages.

Although Saturday’s event is over, Puritan Cleaners is still collecting coats as part of their campaign.

They encourage residents to drop off  any gently used coats they might have at any Puritan Cleaners location between November 1 and November 30. The earlier you can drop them off, the better, as prompt contributions will allow Puritan to clean the coat and meet the deadline for this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Center distribution.

While the need is greatest for kid’s coats, any size coat is appreciated and will be placed in the hands of someone who needs it.

If you would like to get more involved, contact the Salvation Army at (804) 225-7470 or go online for volunteer information. Whether it’s a coat, your time, or money, we’d like to thank you for your generous gift.

For more information about Saturday’s event or to learn more about the campaign, check here.

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