Adding to the tens of thousands of coats that are donated to families in need each year, Pratt & Whitney North Berwick collected 71 coats as well as a number of hats, gloves and snow pants as part of Maine's 2013 Coats for Kids drive.
Sponsored in part by WCSH-TV Channel 6, the local Hannaford Supermarket was the primary drop-off location for Southern Maine. There, Pratt & Whitney's Eric Lambert, Jodi O'Leary and Dan Beaulieu had several packages of winter wear delivered in December.
The Coats for Kids program, now known as Coats and Toys for Kids, was launched in 1983 by Pratt-Abbott, a dry cleaning and laundry services company, and the Salvation Army. Now, 31 years later, the program is a holiday giving tradition. Each year, generous Maine residents donate more than 40,000 gently-used coats, which Pratt-Abbott cleans in preparation for distribution.
While the Coats and Toys for Kids campaign is most visible in the winter months, it is a year-round effort with most Pratt-Abbott locations accepting and cleaning donations throughout the year.
For more information about Coats and Toys for Kids, visit www.prattabbott.com/about-us/coats-for-kids/.