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Colvin Cleaners 'Coats 4 Kids' to hold final free coat distribution Saturday

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Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:20 pm

Belle Center on Maryland Street in Buffalo is the site

The 24th annual Colvin Cleaners “Coats 4 Kids” campaign will hold its final free distribution of winter coats and accessories from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo. There is limit of one coat per person, and proper identification is needed. Through its first two events, more than 10,000 coats were distributed.

“This is our first distribution at The Belle Center, but working with its director, Lucy Candelario, has been wonderful and we anticipate another large turnout of families in need of a winter coat to stay warm this winter,” said Paul A. Billoni, president and CEO of the family-owned Colvin Cleaners.

Paul’s son, Christopher, vice president of the company, said the company is still accepting donations of coats and accessories, such as gloves, hats, scarves and boots to ensure they have more than enough for Saturday.

“Having a winter coat for every child has always been our mission,” he said. “We cannot thank our generous neighbors in Western New York for all of their donations. It has been extremely heartwarming to see families in need walk out with a coat, gloves, hats and a scarf.”

Donations of gently used kids’ coats, gloves, hats, scarves and boots for the 24th annual “Coats 4 Kids” program, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation, can be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, and many of the Allstate Insurance agencies throughout WNY. For a complete listing and addresses of all donation sites, visit www.coats4kidswny.com.

Colvin Cleaners is also accepting cash donations to purchase new kids’ coats. Donations can be made online at www.coats4kidswny.com or through the Colvin Cleaners Facebook page. A receipt will be automatically sent to the donor and 100% of all donations will be used to purchase coats.

“Coats 4 Kids” is a registered 501(c)(3). In addition, anyone who would like to order kids’ coats through their favorite online store can have them delivered directly to Colvin Cleaners at 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 (Attn.: Coats 4 Kids).

Over the past 23 years, Colvin Cleaners has collected, cleaned, sorted and distributed – for free – more than 155,000 coats to children in need throughout Western New York.

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