Despite unusually warm weather in November and December, Best Cleaners’ seventh annual COATS FOR CONNECTICUT campaign hit the 16,000 mark for a second consecutive year. The community collection, which kicked off November 6 and ran through January 2, asked the public to donate gently-used winter coats and jackets at any of Best Cleaners’ 11 locations. Each week, Best cleaned and delivered all donations to Salvation Army centers and shelters throughout the state, including Hartford, Middletown, Meriden, Bristol , New Britain, New Haven, Bridgeport, New London, and Waterbury. A repeat of last year’s impressive 16,000 collection number is a direct result of our customers’generosity and the increased efforts of our campaign partners Eyewitness News WFSB- 3, The River 105.9, YZ 92.5, and Young’s Printing/FastSigns. In addition to spreading the word and encouraging people to donate, they also held pop-up collection events throughout the campaign. The value of the donated coats and dry cleaning service combined is an estimated $450,000. Captain Janet Gonzalez of the Salvation Army expressed her gratitude by stating, “We want to thank the Connecticut community for their generosity, helping us keep those less fortunate safe and warm this winter. Their donations reached families in our shelters and feeding programs as well as individuals assisted through our food pantries and holiday season programs.” THANK YOU ALL!
Pictured above is Marco Lucar (left) and Gary Reynolds of Best Cleaners with Debbie White of the Salvation Army, as they sort coats delivered to the Hartford Salvation Army center.