Scotch Fabric Care is ready to collect, clean and distribute its 202,757th coat through its Share the Warmth program.
And then its 202,758th, and 202,759th, and on and on.
The cleaning business will open its familiar blue barrels Monday at its six locations in Lawrence and others in Topeka, beginning its 25th year of accepting used coats, blankets, scarves and matched gloves and mittens to help folks get through the winter months. Lawrence Parks and recreation also will be collecting coats.
Items placed in barrels through Nov. 23 are cleaned and sent to the Salvation Army for distribution in early December. So far, the Scotch effort has collected and cleaned 202,756 coats for people in Lawrence and Topeka, including more than 2,700 last year in Lawrence alone.
“It’s amazing what the community does every year,” said Laurie Clark, Scotch’s Lawrence manager, who has been working with the company for 26 years.
As in past years, a common need is for children’s and larger-size adult coats.
Parks and Recreation locations serving as collection sites: Community Building, 115 W. 11th; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive; Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper; and the department’s administrative offices, 947 N.H., Suite 200B.
Other groups interested in collecting items for the program may contact Clark at 843-8585.