Wanted: 10,000 coats for kids in need

It’s time again for the annual Coats for Kids program in the Twin Cities.

This year, Brooklyn Park-based Pilgrim Cleaners is seeking to collect 10,000 gently used winter coats for those in need.

Pilgrim Cleaners has collected more than 385,000 coats since it started the program in 1986. Sun Newspapers, WCCO Radio, KARE 11 and Subway are media sponsors.

This year’s collection drive runs Monday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Oct. 11.

Anyone who wants to donate a gently used coat can take it to any of the 25 Pilgrim Cleaners locations or the Sun Newspapers offices in Eden Prairie and Osseo. The program accepts coats for children and adults. Go online to find the location nearest you.

Pilgrim will clean the coats and give them to eight metro-area charities, which will distribute them to those in need.

Community members can also send monetary gifts to the Coats for Kids fund, c/o Pilgrim Cleaners, 3217 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, 55443. One hundred percent of donations will go toward purchasing new children’s coats.

Schools are encouraged to organize their own coat drives. The school that collects the most will win a Subway Party and a plaque for the school.

Info: pilgrimdrycleaners.com/community/coats-for-kids.