RICHMOND (WRIC)—Since Nov. 1, ABC 8 News has been working with Puritan Cleaners on its annual Coats for Kids campaign, which aims to outfit every child in Central Virginia with a warm coat this winter.
The thousands of you who took the time to give to Coats for Kids should be very proud.
The Salvation Army Christmas Center opened for the season on Monday. There, the more than 15,000 coats Puritan Cleaners collected during the 2013 Coats for Kids program will be distributed to local families in need.
"People will leave here, hopefully, with joy in their hearts and expressing what Christmas means," said Major Timothy Carter, a Salvation Army Area Commander.
No one is prouder of the success of this year's Coats for Kids drive than Puritan Cleaners President Gary Glover.
"This is kinda the first day of Christmas for Puritan Cleaners," he said.
ABC 8 News helped Puritan Cleaners pick up donations at area schools throughout the month of November. Glover's team then worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get the coats cleaned and repaired.
"180 associates worked nights and weekends, working late, hanging up coats," Glover said.
The payoff for their efforts is the beautiful racks of like-new coats on display at the Salvation Army Christmas Center.
"We got a lot of kids' coats this year, which is perfect," Glover said. "Families come through; they need one or two adult coats, but they might need four or five little coats."
None of this could have happened without your help. One at a time, you found the love in your heart to give, and area children will be warmer because of your generosity.
"That's what Christmas is all about—giving to others," Carter said.
"People are so giving; if we give ‘em a little way to give, they really come through," Glover said. "Look at all these coats."
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