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Coats for Kids Collects Warm Clothing for SHARE
Houston County Courier - November 2008
By Sharron Randall
For two decades Hank Robinson, owner of Robinson's Cleaners has been the drop off place for Coats for Kids. The warm garments are inspected, mended, cleaned and steamed then shipped over to the SHARE headquarters ready for some lucky boy or girl to put on to keep warm during the winter months.
"Coats for Kids" is a nationwide effort to keep kids warm during the coldest season and according to Robinson, he has already sent about 85 or 90 coats and jackets to Jim Tom Ainsworth, director of SHARE for distribution.
Since November is SHARE's kickoff month to collect non-perishable foods, it's a good time to begin gathering warm usable clothing also, Robinson said. He also accepts scarves, mittens, vests, gloves, shoes, pajamas and even underwear that he sends directly to SHARE.
Robinson said he didn't have the space or personnel for people to try on or make choices at his business establishment, so anyone interested in a winter garment should go to the community organization.
He also said that he accepts coats anytime of the year and has even had coats come in during the summer months. If one is cleaning out closets for space and comes across a coat, jacket, windbreaker, sweater, or any other wintertime apparel and it's in good shape, bring it to Robinson's Cleaners and he will make it ready to send to SHARE so a local kid can wear it and keep warm when the season changes.
Besides collecting Coats for Kids, Robinson also sends unclaimed clothes to the Women's Shelter; however, all the coats go to SHARE.
Several county and private schools and churches are collecting winter clothing, plus food barrels for non-perishable foods, which will aid SHARE, have been set up at H-E-B, Brookshire Brothers, the Senior Citizen Center, City Tire Service and Jordan School.