Archive for Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scotch Fabric Care to kick off its 25th annual coat drive on Monday

October 20, 2011, 12:37 p.m. Updated October 20, 2011, 5:44 p.m.


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.


Gayla Bieker 6 years, 3 months ago

Last year I went to the coat drive but am concerned because most of the coats were not clean and you could tell they were not freshly dry cleaned. Why would Scotch Dry Cleaners lead people to believe that they were getting coats that have been cleaned when in reality they are not dry cleaned?? To me this is false advertising. In other words Scotch is just the drop off place, right? I understand that low income & underprivileged people are receiving them but why aren't they cleaned first? I will no longer donate any of my items to this coat drive, I will find another why to make sure my belongings are given to someone in need plus they will be freshly washed for sure....

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