Wednesday, December 9, 2009

CM James and Bridge Cleaners Partner to Collect Coats in "Coats for Kids" Drive

**For Immediate Release**

December 9, 2009

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Bridge Cleaners and Council Member Letitia James partner to collect coats for the needy - this holiday season and into the winter of 2010

(Brooklyn, Dec. 7, 2009) - This week, Bridge Cleaners & Tailors will kick off the National Cleaners Association’s annual “Coats for Kids” drive. The mission of Coats for Kids is simple - anyone in need of a coat will have one. Bridge Cleaners & Tailors, a premiere dry cleaner located in downtown Brooklyn is accepting gently used kid, adult and baby sized winter coats from December 7, 2009 – January 31, 2010. This will start Coats for Kids 25th year of service. Coats collected will be donated to the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services.

“I collect coats for kids year-round and clean and repair them before they’re donated to agencies and schools for distribution. I will also clean the garments of anyone who’s going on a job interview as part of a National Cleaners Association program,” said Victoria Aviles, owner of Bridge Cleaners & Tailors.

Donations will be accepted at Bridge Cleaners & Tailors located at 204 Livingston Street, along with other locations around Brooklyn, including the office of Council Member Letitia James - located at 67 Hanson Place at the corner of South Elliott Place.

Since the program began in 1984, Bridge Cleaners & Tailor’s has collected, cleaned free of charge, and distributed thousands of winter coats to men, women and children who would otherwise be without one. This program receives invaluable support from collection, promotional, supporting and distribution partners, as well as individuals.

“The Coats for Kids drive is a program that I am honored to be involved with this winter. I plan to clean out my own closet and donate coats, as well as to encourage the community to do the same as we start a brand new year. Let’s keep one another warm during the cold weather season through our generosity,” said Council Member James.

For additional information, please call Richard Aviles at Bridge Cleaners & Tailors - (718) 625-1438, or visit

When: December 7, 2009 through January 31, 2010

What: “Coats for Kids” Drive with Bridge Cleaners

Where: District Office of Council Member Letitia James, 67 Hanson Place, ground floor (corner of South Elliott Place)



justanother said...

I have several coats I want to donate but it is extremely hard to park without getting a ticket in that area.
The package is really to big to haul on a bus. Any suggestions?

Aja Worthy-Davis said...

Ah, ours is the plight of the carless...

Thanks for wanting to donate! I would call Bridge Cleaners directly [(718) 625-1438] to get an idea which of your coats are most needed, so you're not lugging a wardrobe on the bus. Anything you decide not to bring to the cleaners can be donated to the nearest church collection, Salvation Army, or Goodwill anytime.