No One Has Ever Become Poor By Giving!
Did you know that Coats for Colorado was the first coat drive in the country? In 1982, Dependable Cleaners and Shirt Laundry Company were inspired by a customer who was collecting coats for the underprivileged. Due to the company’s ability to collect and clean clothes across the city, a coat drive seemed like the perfect way to make a difference. That same year, Coats for Colorado was founded. Denverites were invited to donate new or gently used winter jackets to any Dependable Cleaners location, where they would be cleaned and distributed to those in need. During their first year, Coats for Colorado collected 750 coats.
Decades later, Coats for Colorado has collected, cleaned, and distributed over 2 million coats in the Denver metro area. The organization partners with 120 non-profit health and human service agencies and has provided thousands of individuals and families with winter coats. The drive’s popularity has inspired other initiatives across the U.S., and Dependable Cleaners continues to share their secret to running a successful coat drive. Now, there’s a coat drive in almost every major city!
For those in the Denver area, Coats for Colorado has become a longstanding and treasured holiday tradition. From volunteering and donating, to even hosting your own coat drive, find out how you can help bring warmth to those in need. To donate a jacket today, find a dropoff location near you.
You can also benefit Coats for Colorado all year long with your online shopping. Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1352214. From then on, any eligible purchase from Amazon will result in 0.5% going to Coats. To be eligible, you must start all future Amazon shopping from the smile.amazon.com page, so bookmark this page!
If you don’t have any used jackets to donate and would like to offer a coat, Coats for Colorado has an Amazon Wish list with purchase requests and suggestions.
President of Dependable Cleaners, Steven Toltz, talks with Colorado & CO about Coats for Colorado: