NATICK – When household expenses are high and temperatures are low, a warm winter coat isn’t a luxury … it is a necessity. This year, there are thousands of individuals – adults, children and infants – who will go without a warm winter coat this winter, and Coats for Kids and its legion of caring collection partners and distribution network is ready to help for the 24th annual Coats for Kids Drive.
Sponsored by Anton’s Cleaners, Jordan’s Furniture and Enterprise Bank, the drive runs through January 6. There was a big collection at Natick’s Jordan’s Furniture last weekend.In 2018, the organization reached a poignant milestone: one million coats collected and distributed since the program began in 1995 … 1,027,625, to be exact.
“As our 24th annual coat drive is underway and surpassed our one million coat milestone, we can be proud of the simple, singular focus of the Caring Partners mission: anyone who needs a coat, will have one,” said Arthur Anton Jr., COO of Anton’s Cleaners and founder of the program.
“It is an enormous collaborative effort to bring together nearly 1000 local partners – schools, companies, clubs, and nonprofits – to help neighbors in need. Together, we collect, clean and distribute over 40,000 winter coats to help babies, kids and adults who otherwise wouldn’t be able to keep themselves warm this winter,” he said.
Since coats are a necessity for both adults and kids, all donated coats are cleaned free of charge by Anton’s Cleaners and distributed through distribution partners made up of major local nonprofit and social service agencies such as Massachusetts Community Action Programs, Salvation Army, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Women’s Lunch Place, BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Wish Project, Community Giving Tree, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Strafford County Community Action, Catholic Charities, and many more.
Coats for Kids accepts warm winter coats that are gently used, good quality, and all sizes (especially XL and infant/pre-K sizes). The drive does not accept coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains, nor can we accept sweatshirts, vests and spring coats.
Coats for Kids is New England’s largest coat drive, with more than 250 school groups making up one half of all collections in 2017. Local public, parochial and independent schools experience the rewards of community service and get incentivized through the School Rewards Program™ offering editable promotional flyers and great prizes to the schools who collect the most coats per capita – leveling the playing field so everyone has a chance to win.
To register your school or company online to participate or donate, or for more information, visit http://antons.com/cfk.