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What an enthusiastic group we had helping us kickoff our annual Coat-A-Kid program. Lodge Community School was the venue and the wonderful students served as our joyful cheering section. Also on hand to launch our 30th year of the program were representatives from organizations that distribute the coats.

And who joined us there in spirit? You, our valued customers, who so generously support our efforts year-after-year by donating children’s coats. If you’re a customer who’s new to the area, we invite you to come aboard as we band together to keep our area kids warm this winter.

Here’s How Coat-A-Kid Works:

  • Now through December 31, bring gently used or new coats to any of our nine Don’s Claytons locations in Evansville and Newburgh
  • Coats of all sizes are needed, especially those for infants and smaller children
  • The coats will be cleaned, if needed
  • Donated coats will be distributed via the Salvation Army, Evansville Christian Life Center, and at Hope Central on North Second Street in Boonville

There is a Need and Coat-A-Kid Makes a Difference.

Annually, about 5,000 children receive coats through the program. And in its 30 years, the Coat-A-Kid initiative has distributed approximately 150,000 coats locally. My staff is fantastic when it comes to Coat-A-Kid—this is out of their ordinary work. Everybody just works as a team and does what needs to be done. And they enjoy it. The pride is overwhelming. And so is YOUR generosity!

Thanks for your business. Hope to see you soon. ~ Steve Schmitt


Coat-A-Kid Kickoff!

Don’s Claytons had a great Coat-A-Kid Kickoff with the students at Cedar Hall Elementary School!

Every year I enjoy taking coats to one of Evansville’s Title 1 schools and helping the kids try them on and pick one for the winter. It’s a lot of fun – and again this year The IceMen’s Coldstone Blizzard came along!

Kickoff week is ALSO the time we remind the community that EVERY WINTER at Coat-A-Kid we run out of coats BEFORE we run out of kids who need them!

So please remember to bring gently-used and new coats to any Don’s Claytons location over the next few weeks and into December. They’ll be cleaned (if needed) and distributed to area children in need through the Salvation Army, Evansville Christian Life Center and Hope Central on North 2nd Street in Boonville.

We need coats of every size, but especially for infants and smaller children.

Thank you for your help each year! The Coat-A-Kid program has been dear to our hearts since it started in 1986, and has taken in an average of 5,000 coats per year! And we love doing it.

Happy Holidays!

Steve Schmitt and the Don’s Claytons Team


 

Coat-A-Kids’ Steve Schmitt Says

Numbers Down; Coats Badly Needed

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Maybe it’s because people think times are better now. But whatever the reason, a lot fewer coats are coming in for the Coat-A-Kid program and Steve Schmitt wants us to know the need is still there.

“This year especially we want to remind the community – and parents going through their children’s winter things – to please bring in gently used coats,” Schmitt says. “Especially infant and children sizes. We always run out of those before running out of kids who need them.”

Every October Schmitt kicks off the Coat-A-Kid season at an Evansville elementary school where the kids get to try on coats and pick one that’s right for them. This year’s kick-off on Thursday, Oct. 22, will be at Cedar Hall Elementary, a Title 1 school located at 2100 N. Fulton Ave.

Starting in November, thousands more coats will be distributed to area children in need through the Salvation Army, Evansville Christian Life Center and Hope Central on North 2nd Street in Boonville.

Schmitt’s company, Don’s Claytons Fine DryCleaning, cleans and distributes all the donated coats before they’re sent out for area kids. The company has cleaned some 160,000 coats since founding Coat-A-Kid in 1996.

Coats may be donated at any of nine Don’s or Claytons drycleaner locations in Evansville and Newburgh through December 31.

For more information about the Coat-A-Kid program, contact Don’s Claytons Fine DryCleaning at 424-9979 or talk with a staff member at any Don’s Claytons location. Click here for a listing of locations.


 

Blizzard Kicks Off 2013 Coat-A-Kid Drive ~

Coats Now Being Accepted at All Don’ Claytons
Blizzard, the Polar Bear brought a lot of excitement to this year’s Coat-A-Kid kick-off at Highland Elementary on Oct. 10. The Evansville IceMen mascot handed out coats and gave hugs before students enjoyed the traditional throwing of their coats into the air.

For the sixteenth year, Don’s Claytons owner Steve Schmitt headed up the kick off of the coat drive, which this year will far exceed 135,000 coats that have been cleaned and distributed to area kids since 1986.

Last year’s campaign collected a record number of coats, but Schmitt says they’ve been running out of smaller coats before needs are met. This year he is asking for more coats in sizes Infant to 16 Youth.

Don’s Claytons is accepting new and gently used coats at all of its locations in Evansville and Newburgh now through December 31.

The coats will be distributed in Evansville by The Salvation Army and Evansville Christian Life Center. The Salvation Army will also distribute coats in Boonville at Hope Central, located at 304 N 2nd Street. For more information call Hope Center at 812-897-4910.

Thanks to Community

Schmitt says the community has always been a great supporter of the Coat-A-Kid drive and he appreciates people’s continued generosity. “We have great customers, great people who work at our company, and a really giving community,” he remarks. “That makes the work very gratifying.”

For more information about the Coat-A-Kid program contact Don’s Claytons Fine Drycleaning at 424-9979 or talk with a staff member at any Don’s Claytons location. Click here for a listing of locations.


 

Thanks for Record 9,000 Coats
Given to Coat-A-Kid Campaign 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind.- Don’s Claytons Fine Drycleaning , the Salvation Army and Evansville Christian Life Center report the tri-state donated a record 9,000 coats to this year’s annual Coat-A-Kid drive – and they’re thanking the community for their generous giving.

“The need in this area was greater than we’ve seen before, but there were enough coats this year to fill every request,” Don’s Claytons owner Steve Schmitt says. “Last year we ran out of coats before we ran out of kids who needed them. So we were happy to have enough this year – and want to thank everybody who donated.”

Since the Coat-A-Kid program began in 1986, Don’s Claytons has cleaned almost 140,000 coats — all given by the community — and worked with the Salvation Army and Evansville Christian Life Center to distribute them to area infants, children and teens.

This year the Evansville IceMen helped kick off the Coat-A-Kid campaign at Dexter Elementary School. The IceMen also a gave a free hockey game ticket for every coat dropped off at the IceMen’s “Coat-A-Kid” night.

For more information about the Coat-A-Kid program contact Don’s Claytons Fine Drycleaning at 424-9979 or talk with a staff member at any Don’s Claytons location. See listing of locations at donscleaners.com.


 

Coat-A-Kid 2011
Kicks Off at Dexter Elementary

The annual Don’s Claytons Coat-A-Kid Campaign kicked off November 15th at Dexter Elementary School, where the Evansville IceMen took part in the event.

Since the Coat-A-Kid program began in 1986, Don’s Claytons has cleaned more than 130,000 coats, all given by the community and distributed to children and teens in need by the Salvation Army and Evansville Christian Life Center.

“It’s always a great day when we kick off Coat-A-Kid with area students, and having the Evansville IceMen with us will add to the kids’ excitement,” Don’s Claytons owner Steve Schmitt says. “Unfortunately, we have really seen the need for coats grow over the past few years, so we hope coat donations increase this season. Last year we ran out of coats before we ran out of kids who needed one.”

Don’s Claytons will accept new and gently used coats for infants, children and teens through Dec. 31 at any of its 10 locations in Evansville and Newburgh.

For more information about the Coat-A-Kid program contact Don’s Claytons Fine Drycleaning at 424-9979 or talk with a staff member at any Don’s Claytons location.


 

Don’s Claytons Adopts

New Halogen-Free Solvent

For many years, Don’s Claytons has made the environment a top priority when it
comes to our drycleaning processes.

Now we have taken our commitment a step further by adopting the use of K4, a
halogen-free, organic solvent with excellent cleaning performance and a purity
level of more than 99 percent. K4 does not pose a risk to air, water, human
beings or soil, and it has been dermatologically tested for skin friendliness.

K4 absorbs and dissolves stains from fats, greases and oils as well as water soluble soils. The new solvent leaves cleaned fabrics with a pleasant, smooth
feel and noticeably minimizes fiber abrasion and creasing during the cleaning process. ln addition, K4 brightens colors and protects against graying of fabrics. Plus, K4 has another benefit other solvents don’t have: It is ODOR FREE.

Don’s Claytons is the only drycleaner in this area using K4, and the only drycleaner to have been recognized for environmentaIly-friendly processes. ln 2005 Don’s Claytons earned the Governor’s Award from the lndiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for our continuing efforts to reduce the drycleaning industry’s impact on the environment.

For a number of years we have made significant investments in new equipment and processes that support bio-friendly drycleaning practices, including the use of biodegradable garment bags.


 

Coat-A-Kid 2010
Kicks Off at Lincoln Elementary

There was a big turnout at Evansville’s Lincoln Elementary School on November 9th for the kick-off of the 2010 Coat-A-Kid campaign, sponsored annually by Don’s Claytons Fine Drycleaning.

Don’s Claytons is accepting new and gently used coats for infants, children and teens at all Don’s Claytons locations through December. The coats will be cleaned and given to The Salvation Army and Evansville Christian Life Center to distribute free of charge to needy children and teens through January.

Don’s Claytons reports the need for coats this year is greater than ever.

More than 130,000 new or gently-used winter coats have been distributed to Evansville-area children and teens through the Coat-A-Kid program since it began more than 25 years ago.

For more information about the Coat-A-Kid program contact Don’s Claytons Fine Drycleaning at 424-9979 or visit a Don’ Claytons store near you.


 

Don’s Claytons Adopts Biodegradable Packaging

Don’s Claytons DCI Fine Drycleaning has adopted biodegradable garment bags as another step in its continuing efforts to reduce the drycleaning industry’s impact on the environment.

Biodegradable bags are stable for nine months if kept in the dark but begin to degrade six hours after first exposure to light. The bags have been shown to completely degrade within fifteen months after first exposure to light when kept in the presence of oxygen.

“Our customers are environmentally conscious, and these bags will serve well in protecting freshly cleaned fabrics – yet they won’t accumulate in landfills over the long-term,” states Steve Schmitt, president of Don’s Claytons. “We’re very happy to be able to implement the new packaging technology.”

Don’s Claytons DCI™ Drycleaning Receives
Governor’s Award from IDEM

Don’s Claytons DCI Drycleaning has earned the 2005 Governor’s Award from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for the company’s steps toward making drycleaning less hazardous to the environment. Don’s Claytons converted its drycleaning operations to a non-hazardous, environmentally friendly solvent that does not emit chemicals into the environment or leave chemical residue on drycleaned clothing. In order to put the new technology into practice, Don’s Claytons made a large investment in new equipment and continues to meet an ongoing investment in bio-friendly drycleaning solvent. The company has absorbed this cost without raising prices.

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