The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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January 9, 2013

Coats For Kids brings in more than 1,000 items

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — Continuing a local community service tradition that has become synonymous with the start of the holiday season, Dun-Rite Cleaners collected more than 1,000 coats, jackets and other winter clothing items during its 22nd annual Coats For Kids campaign.  

One of the longest-running coat drives in North Carolina, Dun-Rite’s Coats For Kids program is designed to meet the need for warm winter clothing in Stanly and surrounding counties. Partnering with local schools and other non-profit organizations including shelters, group homes and advocacy centers, the company collects, cleans and distributes new and gently-used winter clothing items free of charge to children and others in the communities who do not have or cannot afford them.

Once local needs have been met, the remaining coats are given to local and regional volunteer organizations that distribute these coats to residents of the poorest areas of the state.

“We are very pleased with the response we received this year,” said Judson Dry, vice president of Dun-Rite Cleaners.  

“We were concerned that a warmer than normal fall and a recovering local economy would limit the number of coat donations at a time when need has increased exponentially. Instead, through the continued generosity of the residents of Stanly and surrounding counties, we collected over 1,000 coats at our Albemarle and Locust locations in just over four weeks. We continue to be amazed by the incredible spirit of giving in our communities and are truly grateful so many people share our passion for helping those in need.”

With this year’s donations included, Dun-Rite has collected, cleaned and distributed more than 62,000 coats since the program’s inception.  

“When my father and uncle first started Coats For Kids in 1991, they never expected it to grow as much as it has and become what it is today. It is a great accomplishment to have provided a warm winter coat to so many in need through our Coats For Kids program, but this would not have been possible without the individuals, churches, schools, philanthropic and service groups, businesses and other organizations who have partnered with us in our efforts over the years. We would like to thank each and every person who donated a coat this year and helped us keep this great tradition alive. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will continue to make remarkable differences in the lives of those less fortunate in our communities and beyond,”said Dry.

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