Coats for Kids

2009-2010 Drive Results

Thank you for making the 2009-2010 drive a success!

The public, along with 287 schools, and over 192 corporate and community partners, dropped off thousands of coats from October 15, 2009 through January 9, 2010. With this generosity, Coats for Kids collected 58,000 coats.

Promotional Partners FOX25, Jordan’s Furniture, Kiss 108, and Jam’n 94.5, all played an important role in spreading the word. Thanks to the Supporting Partners, Enterprise Bank, Package Supply Company and Graham Communications, along with Jordan’s Furniture, the School Rewards Program was able to once again award the top schools for their efforts in the collection drive. The Corporate, Community and School Partners played key roles by dedicating their time in organizing collection drives and dropping off coats.

Once again, our Distribution Partners worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone who needed a coat received one. Our 58 Distribution Partners included: MASSCAP, Salvation Army, Cradles to Crayons, The Lowell Wish Project, Southern New Hampshire Services, Father Bill’s & Mainspring, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, The Community Giving Tree, and Boston University Medical Center: Outreach Van Project among others.

Major William H. Bode from the Salvation Army sums it up best,

“The 2009 Coats for Kids Program has allowed The Salvation Army to distribute nearly 9,700 coats to underprivileged adults and children within Massachusetts.

Thanks to Anton’s Cleaners’ commitment, we were well equipped to provide warm coats to families and individuals, who came to our 18 Salvation Army corp offices throughout the state.

The Salvation Army is extremely privileged to work with companies, like Anton’s Cleaners who are committed to improving the quality of life in the community and believe in the power to make a difference.

Thank you for seeing a need, extending a hand.”

To all our partners, thank you!


Applause for School Rewards™ winners!

Elementary Schools

1st Place

Hospital School, Canton, MA.
The school received $1200 in furnishings from Jordan’s Furniture; a visit by one of the FOX25 meteorologists; a $250 cash prize and the student body will enjoyed a make-your-own-sundae party.

2nd Place

Lesley Ellis School, Arlington, MA.
The school received a $500 cash prize; and the students were given a pizza party.

3rd Place

Cambridgeport School, Cambridge, MA.
The school received a $250 cash prize and the teachers received a $500 school supply gift certificate.


Middle Schools

1st Place

Coolidge Middle School, Reading, MA
The school received $1,200 in furnishings from Jordan’s Furniture; a private movie screening at Jordan’s Furniture IMAX theatre; a $250 gift certificate from Paul’s TV; a $250 cash prize and the student body enjoyed a make-your-own-sundae party.

2nd Place

Watertown Middle School, Watertown, MA.
The school received a $500 cash prize and the students will be given a pizza party.

3rd Place

Shirley Middle School, Shirley, MA.
The school received a $250 cash prize and the teachers receive a $500 school supply gift certificate.


Video Winner

New for 2009, the Coats for Kids video project encouraged schools to send a video of what the school did to collect coats and achieve collection goals. All schools that submitted a video received a 5% boost towards winning a prize in the Coats for Kids School Rewards program.

5 schools submitted videos and the winner was judged by a representative from Kiss 108 and Jam’n 94.5.

The winning school:

Brown School from Somerville, MA.

We have contributed for the last 4 years. our students think it’s a great organization and really enjoy getting the community involved!
– John W. Wynn Middle School, Tewksbury, MA 2010 Partner