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Annual Coats for Kids Program Underway

The 24th Annual Coats for Kids Program has begun and runs through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.  The long-running community service program, organized by the the Town of Clarkstown, collects and provides coats for people throughout Rockland County who might not have a warm winter jacket.

In announcing the annual coat drive, Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack urged residents to donate any extra coats in their closets to make the holiday season a brighter and warmer for their neighbors.

Donors can bring coats in gently worn condition to the program’s two participating dry cleaners.  They will clean the coats free of charge and then forward them to the distribution agencies. The participating dry-cleaners are June French Cleaners at 4 Old Haverstraw Road in Congers and Personal Touch Cleaners at 301A North Main Street in Spring Valley.

Individuals who need a coat should contact the Martin Luther King Center at 110 Bethune Boulevard in Spring Valley or by calling 845-425-8910 or People-to-People of Rockland at 121 West Nyack Road in Nanuet, which can be reached at 845-623-4900.

“Many families in Rockland are faced with tough times during the holiday season,” said Gromack. “My goal is to help provide the warmth of a coat to as many people as possible.  Your worst coat could be someone else’s salvation. It is important to be good neighbors and assist the children and families that need our help the most.”

Several organizations are sponsoring the program. The Byne Group of Suffern designed the posters free of charge. New Born Printing of New City printed the posters for free. The Florian Association of Rockland County made up of retired FDNY members and 100.7 WHUD Radio are also involved.

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