Archive for March, 2011

March 16, 2011

Coats for Colorado

Dependable Cleaners, a laundry and dry-cleaning service with locations throughout the state of Colorado, sponsors the Coats for Colorado program. For nearly three decades, Coats for Colorado has provided coats to Coloradoans in need of warmth during the cold winter months. Founded in 1982 by Dependable Cleaners and Shirt Laundry, Inc., Coats for Colorado is a nonprofit organization that receives sponsorship from a number of other notable sources in Colorado.

In 2003, Denver’s 7 KMGH-TV partnered with Dependable Cleaners to sponsor the Coats for Colorado campaign and increase the visibility of the organization. In the same year, Colorado Governor Bill Owens signed an official decree that established October 5 as the Denver’s 7 and Dependable Cleaners’ Coats for Colorado Day in the state.

According to its mission statement, Coats for Colorado sets out to provide as many free winter coats as possible to Colorado residents in need. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, Coats for Colorado has collected and handed out more than 1.7 million coats. In 2009 alone, Coats for Colorado distributed more than 70,000 coats to Coloradoans. Coats for Colorado makes it easy for individuals to donate winter coats, maintaining more than 30 drop-off locations throughout Colorado.

To hand out the coats collected at Dependable Cleaners locations across Colorado, Coats for Colorado maintains business partnerships with more than 120 Colorado charities. By working closely with a wide variety of human-service agencies and health organizations, Coats for Colorado streamlines the distribution of coats and improves the efficiency of its operations. In addition to meeting with nonprofit organizations by appointment, Coats for Colorado holds two public distribution days, during which individuals in need can pick up coats in person.

Dedicated to the ideals of community service and charity, Coats for Colorado encourages all types of organizations, schools, and businesses to host winter coat drives. Coats for Colorado collects all types of coats, particularly extra-large men’s and women’s coats and children’s coats. To find the coat drop-off location nearest you or to schedule an appointment with Coats for Colorado, visit its website at