KENMORE, NY—With its supply of kids coats, gloves, hats and scarves nearly depleted after two free distributions in the 23rd annual Colvin Cleaners Coats 4 Kids program, the first “Drive & Drop” event will occur this Saturday, November 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lots of Reeds Jenss, 4001 Maple Road, Amherst and 3515 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.
Jeffrey Zimmer, owner of Reeds Jenss and Paul A. Billoni, President and CEO of Colvin Cleaners, are encouraging everyone to check their closets for gently used winter coats for kids, teens and adults along with hats, gloves or scarves or new items. When they arrive at either location they will not need to exit their vehicle as volunteers will gladly receive the donations.
For every donation, donors will receive a $10 gift certificate from Colvin Cleaners and they can sign up to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming 2019 country western concert, compliments of WYRK with dinner for two at Chef’s Restaurant, compliments of Lou Billittier.
“Anything Colvin Cleaners does, we want to be a part of it,” Zimmer said. “We know how involved the Billoni family is in our community and we believe in that.”
Coats 4 Kids, sponsored by the Allstate Foundation and Fidelis Care and supported by WIVB News 4 Buffalo, has distributed 11,074 coats during its free giveaways with one distribution remaining on Saturday, December 1 at the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, from 9-1 p.m. For information visit www.colvincleaners.com. Last year, a record 13,500 coats were distributed and over the past 22 years, Colvin Cleaners has collected, cleaned, sorted and distributed, for free, more than 80,000 coats to children in need throughout WNY.
“This generous offer by Jeff Zimmer and his team at Reeds Jenss comes at a perfect time because we really need a lot of coats and winter items to help us fill this need in our community,” Billoni said. “I am confident our generous neighbors will come through again for this much needed drive. For us, it is all worthwhile when family members pick out a coat, a hat, scarf or a pair of gloves that will keep them warm this winter. When they smile or say thank you, it makes us feel great.”
About Colvin Cleaners: Colvin Cleaners was founded by Phil Billoni more than 80 years ago. His brothers, Tony and Santo worked in the business for over 50 years and Tony’s son, Paul, has worked there for 42 years. His son Christopher is Vice President and the third generation member of the family business. Colvin Cleaners is the only WNY drycleaners to use the environmentally friendly Green Earth cleaning solution. For more information, visit www.colvincleaners.com.
About The Allstate Foundation: Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org
About Fidelis Care: As a mission-driven health plan, Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life, including products available through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. With more than 1.6 million members Statewide, Fidelis Care was founded on the belief that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit fideliscare.org.
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