From left to right:The Salvation Army’s Director of PR and Marketing Laura Krueger (far left) and Major Carol Duperree (center) join Best Cleaner’s Coats for Connecticut delivery team Gary Reynolds, Scott Franco, Shawn McCann, Laura Mullaly, and Kevin Mullaly.
Middletown, CT - 10 years and 107,000 coats later, Best Cleaners wrapped another highly successful community coat drive, making its last delivery of cleaned, donated coats to Salvation Army Centers around the state on January 16. A total of 15,000 coats was collected and cleaned by the family-owned drycleaning chain this year during the six-week community collection that kicked off on November 8 and ran through December 22. The greater community was asked to donate gently-used winter coats and jackets at any of Best Cleaners’ 12 locations, where they were processed and delivered each week to Salvation Army centers and shelters in Hartford, Middletown, Meriden, Bristol, New Britain, New Haven, Bridgeport, New London, and Waterbury. The total value of the donated coats and drycleaning services combined is an estimated $425,400.
The campaign’s ongoing success can be attributed to the generosity of Best’s customers, local schools, youth groups, and businesses who gathered and dropped of coat donations , as well as Best’s campaign partners; the Salvation Army, Eyewitness News WFSB-TV 3, Young’s Printing/FastSigns and Two Men and A Truck. The Salvation Army quickly distributed the weekly delivery of coats directly to individuals and families in need. In addition to collecting over 900 coats, WFSB promoted the campaign through public service announcements and coverage during various local news programming. Young’s Printing/Fast Signs donated printing services for campaign posters, signage, and other materials. Two Men and A Truck came on board this year as a campaign partner, donating the use of two storage containers for staging coats and delivering coats to Salvation Army centers outside of the Best weekly delivery area.
“Organizing the COATS FOR CONNECTICUT campaign is one of the best decisions we made in the past 10 years,” stated Shawn McCann, Owner and President of Best Cleaners. “Our team takes pride in putting their skills to work to help families get through the cold winter months. Our customers, our schools, our local businesses and organizations are always enthusiastic and happy to participate. And our campaign partners can always be counted on to make each year better than the last.”
For more information on the Coats for Connecticut clothing drive and Best Cleaners visit: www.bestcleaners.com