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     Give A Kid A Coat, an annual program that solicits coat donations from area residents to donate to needy children and adults throughout the Piedmont area, kicks off its 29th campaign from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015.  The kick off will be held at the A Cleaner World located at 2527 Eastchester Drive in High Point.  Fox8/WGHP and 1075KZL will both broadcast live during the kick off.  Hardees and Biscuitville will provide breakfast to folks that donate coats, and The Salvation Army will be there serving hot chocolate and coffee.

     "Small children’s coats are always in short supply each year,” said Chris Edwards, President of A Cleaner World, “but the Salvation Army can use coats of all sizes.  Will you please check your closet for a coat to donate and then join us at the kick off?”

     Anyone wishing to contribute to the 2015 Give A Kid A Coat campaign may do so by dropping off a coat at any A Cleaner World location beginning Friday, October 9, 2015 through Saturday, November 14, 2015.  Coats will be cleaned and repaired free of charge, then given to The Salvation Army for distribution.

     This year Give A Kid A Coat has again issued a challenge to area elementary schools.  From October 9th to November 7th, area elementary schools should encourage parents and students to check their closets for coats to donate to Give A Kid A Coat.  Those wishing to participate must drop off coats at A Cleaner World, and the donor should indicate which school they want to receive credit.  A Cleaner World will keep track of the points.  One point will be credited per coat up to 10 points maximum per family.  Points will be tallied on Monday, November 9th, and winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 10th.  Prizes will be awarded as follows:  first place $500, second place $400, third place $300, fourth place $200, and fifth place $100.  All prizes will be made payable to the winning school’s PTA.

     Last year Give A Kid A Coat collected, cleaned, and distributed 17,832 coats.  Since its inception in 1987, the campaign has collected, cleaned, and distributed over 806,493 coats.

     Give A Kid A Coat is sponsored by A Cleaner World, Fox8/WGHP, 1075KZL, Rock 92, Campers Inn, and The Salvation Army.  For additional information, please call Dianne Berberich at 336-841-4188.

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