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2015 Coats for Kids at Christmas coat drive underway

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It’s that time of the year for the United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties and their partners A & A Transfer & Storage, The French Laundry and Destin Cleaners to collect coats for the Annual Coat Drive…Coats for Kids at Christmas. Last year we were able to distribute over 2,200 coats to many families throughout the community and schools in Okaloosa & Walton counties…this was made possible by the local banks, businesses and people like you who supported this project.

SHARE THE WARMTH & Help Us Provide a Warmer 2015 Holiday Season for many children within our community! Anyone that would like to participate in this wonderful event may do so by dropping off new coats or gently used coats beginning the first part of October thru December 1st at the following locations:

The Arc of Walton County

BBVA Compass Banks

Beach Community Banks

Boeing Company

All CHELCO locations

Coastal Bank and Trust

Destin Cleaners

Eglin Chapels

All Eglin Federal Credit Unions

First City Bank

Ft Walton Beach Medical Center

French Laundry

Habitat’s ReStores in FWB & Crestview

NWFSC – Niceville & Ft Walton Beach

Okaloosa School District Offices

Okaloosa Sheriff’s Chaplains

All Publix’s in Ft Walton Beach

Publix-Crestview

Publix-Destin

Publix-Grand Blvd

Publix-South Walton

Publix-Watercolor

Regions Banks

Rehabilitation Institute of NWF – Destin

Trustmark Banks

Twin Cities Hospital

More locations are being added, please check our website: www.united-way.org for update.

Volunteers will pick-up and deliver coats to Bangkok Cleaners, The French Laundry or Destin Cleaners for cleaning. Participating United Way Agencies will distribute the coats to any child at no cost to the family.

Please note: Although we appreciate all donations, we can ONLY accept coats and no other used clothing. Please distribute your other used clothing at Salvation Army, Harvest House, Waterfront Mission, etc.

For more information, please contact the United Way at 243-0315 or email events@united-way.org.

PHOTO (TOP): Sheriff Larry Ashley assists Dan Dean, owner of Destin Cleaners, with a box of coats collected during last year’s United Way Annual Coat Drive.  Destin Cleaners has 3 locations in Okaloosa County and  is one of 2 Dry Cleaners who cleaned, at no charge, over 2,200 coats during last year’s Coat Drive.  This year’s COATS FOR KIDS Coat Drive is just beginning and will run until December 1, 2015.  Please donate your gently used and/or new coats during this Annual Coat Drive for children in need within Okaloosa & Walton Counties. SHARE THE WARMTH and become a United Way HERO. 

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