Best Cleaners wrapped up its 12th annual Coats For Connecticut campaign in December, having collected, cleaned and delivered over 11,000 donated coats to the Salvation Army and other local area shelters. The family-owned dry cleaning and tailoring business with 13 locations in central Connecticut tackled the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with a high-sense of urgency and a high degree of health and safety procedures in place.
Since the official Nov. 11 kickoff date, the general public, local businesses and community groups were encouraged to gather up gently-used coats and jackets for all ages and sizes and bring them to any Best Cleaners location for free cleaning and delivery.
Coat donations could be dropped off at Best Cleaners locations in Berlin, Bristol, Canton, Farmington, Glastonbury, Middletown, North Haven, Old Lyme, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Simsbury and Windsor.
Best cleaned and delivered the donated coats each week to a central drop location in Meriden. The Meriden Mall donated the use of a vacant storefront space and gave access to the Salvation Army so volunteers could safely sort the coats and prepare them for distribution to individuals and families throughout Connecticut. Two Men and A Truck donated the use of two storage containers for staging and storing the cleaned coats before each delivery.