Ventura Rotary’s annual Coats for Kids project is inviting donations of used coats, sweaters and heavy jackets as part of its drive to provide warm coats to those in need.
Since its debut, the “Coats for Kids” campaign has collected over 50,000 articles of clothing, used in distribution throughout the year. The Ventura Rotary distributes around 7,000 coats every year to area charities, according to Ken Leandro, a volunteer member of the Rotary. Leandro says that this year, there may be a greater need for donations.
“Our sense is that this year will be larger than last year,” said Leandro. “Winter has come earlier and there’s a need in the community.”
Once collected, the coats are taken to Four Seasons Cleaners, where co-owner Sonny Shah says that his cleaners have cleaned 50,000 coats since the beginning of the drives in 2003.
“Not everyone can write a big check to charity, but many can find a coat or two in the back of the closet and then feel good about making a very real and practical difference to someone in their community,” said Sonny Shah in a press release. “With the weather turning cold and the number in need growing, we challenge the community to fill those donation boxes and make us clean 10,000 more this year!”