Coats for Christmas of Hancock County originated from the vision of City Dry Cleaning owner, Paul Kramer. In 1987, Kramer developed and launched a service project to provide a warm coat to those in need regardless of financial circumstances. Paul conceived the idea of an organized collection of gently used coats, donating his company’s services to clean those coats and distribution of the freshly cleaned coats to those in need without financial qualification. In 1997, Hancock Leadership and the Volunteer Center Youth Action Council, now called ENGAGE, assumed responsibility for organizing and marketing the collection and distribution effort. Kramer continues to be actively involved in the campaign providing his business services to clean all of the coats that are donated. ENGAGE continues to play a very important supporting role in the service project with leadership responsibilities for collecting new hats and mittens. The youth of the ENGAGE program have a goal of collecting one new hat and a pair of mittens for every coat distributed.
Collection & Distribution
Collection Locations -- Coats in good condition may be donated at various locations throughout Findlay including, City Dry Cleaning (downtown) and Findlay City and Hancock County school buildings between November 28th and December 5th. Businesses or organizations who would like to collect coats may do so on their own and deliver them to City Dry Cleaning (downtown) by December 5th. IF YOU WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON HOW TO VOLUNTEER CLICK HERE
Distribution Dates – Saturday, December 13 distribution will be from 9 am - 3 pm. Coats will be available again on Sunday, December 14 from 1 pm - 3 pm. There is no financial restriction for eligibility; therefore anyone in need of a coat or hat and mittens is welcome.