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
Details of our 2017 Community Baby Shower will be posted soon.