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Coats for Christmas

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas is known for several different moments and feelings: family, friends, giving, cherishing, and worshiping. I mean, how amazing does sitting by the fire cuddled up in a fleece blanket or staying bundled up in your winter coat sound? Here at City, we’re definitely getting ready for those warm and fuzzy feelings again! Us Ohioans know this upcoming winter is going to inevitably harsh. That being said, many people in our community are still taking on these unbearable temperatures with a simple, light coat.

For this exact reason 30 years ago, Coats for Christmas of Hancock County was born. The organization originated from the vision of City Dry Cleaning owner, Paul Kramer in 1987. Kramer launched this service project to provide a warm coat to those in need, regardless of financial circumstances. This idea developed into an organized collection of gently used coats, donation of City Dry Cleaning’s services to clean those coats, and distribution of the freshly cleaned coats to those in need without financial qualification. As an organization City Dry Cleaning, City Apparel, and City Uniforms & Linen continue to drive this awesome program for our community and the region. The coats are processed at City Dry Cleaning’s commercial laundry facility at 1800 Westfield Drive, which is also the corporate offices for City Dry Cleaning and City Uniforms and Linen.

You will find important information below:

Dates to Note –

Donation Collection Dates: Monday November 13th through Friday December 8th

Setup Date: Friday December 15th

Distribution Dates: Saturday December 16th from 9-3p.m. and Sunday December 17th from 1-3p.m.

 Donation Needs – New and gently used coats are accepted. All used coats will be cleaned by City Dry Cleaning. Each year, there is great demand for children size coats (fit infants through junior high aged children). Warm coats are appreciated as many children walk to school each day. Work coats for men are generally in low supply and high demand. Larger sized coats are also appreciated for both genders.

Volunteers – In addition to your individual assistance, it is always fun to work with people you know! Why not get a group of your colleagues, employees, family or friends to share in a meaningful holiday project? Because of safety and liability issues, all volunteers for the following tasks must be at least 14 years old. 

Volunteers Opportunities

Hang coats at the City Dry Cleaning industrial facility at 1800 Westfield Drive in Findlay. Assist with hanging and loading of cleaned coats. Shifts are 4-5:30 p.m. on:

Mon., Dec. 11
Tues., Dec. 12
Wed., Dec. 13
Thurs., Dec. 14

Set up at Glenwood Middle School. Duties include organizing, sorting and hanging up coats on Fri., Dec. 15, 3-7 p.m.  Shifts are as follows:

Erect scaffolding in the gym from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Bring in coats and offload to the scaffolding in the gym from 4-6 p.m.
Sort and organize coats on the racks from 5 - 7 p.m.

Hats, Mittens and Blankets Collection – In addition to coats, new hats and mittens are needed. Collecting hats and mittens can be a fun service project for our youth, service organizations or clubs. 

Any questions regarding Coats for Christmas may be directed to our Communications Chair via email at info@coatsforchristmas.org. For more information visit www.CoatsForChristmas.org and follow for updates on Facebook.com/CoatsForChristmas.

Andrea Kramer