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Colvin Cleaners seeks coats, as annual 'Coats 4 Kids' program begins


Wed, Oct 18th 2017 12:20 pm
Allstate Foundation, Fidelis Care supporting this year's program
Colvin Cleaners is asking Western New Yorkers to go through their closets and donate gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for toddlers, young adults and families in need this winter season.
The 22nd annual "Coats 4 Kids" program, supported by The Allstate Foundation and Fidelis Care runs through Dec. 1. Donations can be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; as well as Allstate insurance agencies and Fidelis Care. For a complete listing and addresses of all locations, visit www.coats4kidswny.com.
"With the support of The Allstate Foundation and Fidelis Care, I am very excited, because we now have more than 40 donation locations throughout WNY, which makes it very convenient for people to donate new or gently used coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves," said Paul A. Billoni, president and CEO of Colvin Cleaners, an 87-years-young family-owned dry cleaner. "With their support, we will be able to supply coats to all families who otherwise could not afford them.
"Don't let this weather fool you; it is going to get cold."
Fidelis Care has supported "Coats 4 Kids" in past years.
"Our commitment to serve children, adults, and families reach far beyond health coverage," said Jennifer Lyons, Fidelis Care director of marketing. "As a mission-driven health plan, we are proud to support programs that directly benefit the most vulnerable population within our local community."
New York Allstate spokesperson Kayla Taylor said, "Allstate agents help protect customers from life's uncertainties. As small business owners, their passion is to make sure the people in their local communities are well taken care of, through all of life's challenges. We are so happy to partner with Colvin Cleaners once again, and support their efforts in giving the gift of warmth to local families in need by collecting coats, scarves and other winter essentials at close to 40 Allstate agency locations across WNY."
Over the past 21 years, Colvin Cleaners has collected, cleaned, sorted and distributed - for free - more than 80,000 coats to children in need throughout Western New York.
Billoni has seen the need increase annually.
"I am confident our generous neighbors throughout WNY will come through again for this much-needed drive, he said. "For us, it is all worthwhile when families come in and go through the racks of coats or pick out a pair of gloves that will keep them warm this winter. When they smile or say 'Thank you,' it puts tears in your eyes."
The "Coats 4 Kids" distribution dates are:
  • Saturday, Nov. 11, at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St., Buffalo
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, at Colvin Cleaners Warehouse, 2365 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, at Knights of Columbus, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg
All distributions are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a limit of one coat per person.
For more information on Colvin Cleaners, visit www.colvincleaners.com.

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