The mission for Coats for Kids is simple; “Anyone in need of a coat will have one.”
Each fall, Anton’s Cleaners collects, cleans and distributes over 60,000 coats for children and adults. There are more than 250 schools as well as over 300 companies, clubs, organizations and thousands of individuals who donate good-quality coats. Nearly 90 social service agencies make sure that the coats get to those in need, free of charge. Since the program’s inception in 1995, Anton’s have collected and distributed nearly 800,000 coats.
Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed free of charge through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network, which includes organizations such as Massachusetts Community Action Programs (MASSCAP), Salvation Army, Middlesex Human Service Agency, BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Wish Project, Community Giving Tree, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Strafford County Community Action, Catholic Charities, Dorchester House MSC, Carolina Hill Shelter, Taunton State Hospital, Children’s Services of Roxbury and Harbour House Family Shelter, to name just a few.
Over the past 18 years, more than 800,000 adult and children’s coats have been collected and cleaned at no charge by Anton’s Cleaners. “The goal of Coats for Kids is to make certain that the strong demand for warm coats is matched by the even stronger generosity of our neighbors throughout the region,” says Charles A. Anton, CEO of Anton’s Cleaners. “Coats for Kids has become a true community event, attracting hundreds of schools, businesses and local organizations who want to become involved. We could not have accomplished what we have over the past 18 years without all of their support.”