30th Anniversary Give A Kid A Coat 2017
Give A Kid A Coat, a program that solicits coat donations from area residents to give to those in need, normally occurs annually in October and November; however, this year the official dates for the 30th Give A Kid A Coat Campaign are from January 6 thru February 11, 2017.
We encourage every family that has extra coats that are outgrown or no longer being worn to donate at your closest A Cleaner World location. Our kickoff this year will be held at A Cleaner World Dry Cleaners located at 2527 Eastchester Dr. in High Point on Friday, January 6th from 6am until 10am. Our goal this year is to collect, clean, and distribute 20,000 coats to families that would otherwise be unable to provide warm winter coats to their family members. We also accept scarves, gloves, and other warm winter clothes during this campaign.
Q: Why have you changed the dates for collections from October and November to January and February?
A: There are several reasons for this change. During the past three years we have run out of coats because the weather has been so warm, and donors haven’t been thinking about donating coats that early. Closets become more tightly packed during the Christmas gift season, and we believe those families blessed with the ability to give their children new coats for Christmas will have more to spare after the holidays. Another reason is that our partners, The Salvation Army and Fox 8 are very involved in November and December with the Gifts for Kids and Holiday Concerts programs. Moving the coat program into January and February allows The Salvation Army to focus on food, toys, and financial assistance during the Christmas season. Warehouse space and volunteer staff will be able to focus better on coats after January 1st.
Q: Will groups, schools, businesses, and churches be able to collect coats for the Give A Kid A Coat program?
A: Yes, we are now able to encourage groups to collect coats for the program in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We will begin accepting coats to be cleaned and repaired for Give A Kid A Coat starting Tuesday, December 27th of this year. In the past, our first three weeks of the program were our slowest for receiving donations. We believe this change will bring in lots of coats to jump start our campaign this year.
Q: What if families need coats before the campaign begins distribution in Mid-January?
A: A Cleaner World accepts coats and other clothing year round as drop off points for The Salvation Army. This clothing is donated to The Salvation Army Family Stores for sale to support the many programs offered by The Salvation Army. Families in desperate need of coats in the fall and early winter will be served at the Family Stores by vouchers for a free coat from the stores.
Community Baby Shower
So many families these days are struggling just to get by, and when you add the needs of a newborn to the mix, it creates a whole new set of demands and stresses. A Cleaner World is a family-owned, neighborhood dry cleaner that believes in the importance of family and helping both family and neighbors when a need arises. That's why we've teamed up with FOX8 to host the FOX8 Community Baby Shower.
To participate in the Community Baby Shower simply drop off new things like diapers, wipes, formula, and supplies or gently used things like baby clothes, toys, car seats, and cribs at any Triad area A Cleaner World now through February 21, 2016. Family Service of the Piedmont and Family Services of Forsyth County will collect and distribute the donated items to new mothers and babies in need throughout our community.
"Every child is a blessing," said Chris Edwards, President of A Cleaner World, "but a struggling economy means families are struggling. Statistics say that approximately 2.3 million infants and toddlers have at least one parent who works full-time, year-round, whose wages still can't pull the family above the poverty level. The simple act of donating a package of diapers or some clothing your child has outgrown can make such a difference. This is our chance to help those families in need."
For additional information, please contact Chris Edwards at 336-841-4188.