COAT DRIVE

The Brooklyn Paper

As the weather cools and the time nears to swap your summer clothes for warmer threads, a local businessman asks Brooklynites to consider donating their "gently-used" coats to the National Cleaners Association’s "Coats for Kids" drive.

From Oct. 6 through Nov. 24, Ken Kinzer (pictured), Brooklyn chairman of the "Coats for Kids" campaign, will be collecting coats for kids of all ages - even adult-sized coats - at his Bridgestone Cleaners (109 Front St. at Washington Street in DUMBO) and The Clean Center (195 Court St. at Bergen Street in Boerum Hill).

Kinzer, who has been participating in the program for a decade, stresses that the coats should be in good condition.

"We need gently used coats," he explained. "They shouldn’t be damaged - no rips, tears or broken zippers." Kinzer’s businesses then clean all donated coats prior to distribution.

Kinzer is inviting local organizations - such as synagogues, churches and firehouses - to contact him about either accepting donations or distributing the cleaned coats.

For more information about "Coats for Kids," call (718) 222-9958.


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