Pilgrim Dry Cleaner’s Coats for Kids drive came to a close Oct. 12, and by the time Pilgrim finishes counting its coats, it expects to meet its goal of collecting 10,000 coats.

“So far we are at 9,750 coats,” said Keona Tranby, director of marketing and customer relations for Pilgrim. “We will probably end up almost exactly at our goal of 10,000 as we still have more trickling in.”

The annual drive, which celebrated its 34th year for 2019, collected gently used coats and donated them to organizations and agencies, which then distribute them to those in need. Pilgrim also used monetary donations to purchase new coats.

“I want to thank Tris from Macy’s at Ridgedale for all of her help coordinating a discounted price for coats with Macy’s and helping us purchase & deliver the coats, Holly Boisjolie from Blaine High School who is the Business Internship Coordinator and BPA Advisor that helps coordinate our largest school collection for coats every year, United Trailer Leasing who donates trailers for us to keep the coats in every year, and our sponsors FlyOver America for donating tickets for our one day promotion on 10/10 which helped us get in over 1,000 coats in just 1 day, Alerus Mortgage who donated $20,000 to help us purchase 1,000 coats from Macy’s, WCCO Radio, Kare11 & Sun Newspapers,” Tranby said.

This year, coats were donated to the following organizations or agencies: CROSS Services, Loveworks Academy, Urban Academy Charter School, Normandale Housing Ministry, Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest, Frost Lake Elementary, Park Avenue Youth & Family Services, MNIC, Battle Creek Middle School, Sharing and Caring Hands, Supplementary Angles of Community Services, Western Communities Action Network, St. Louis Park Emergency Program, Our Saviour’s Housing, Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest, Reach Up Head Start/Early Head Start, Open Door Learning Center-Arlington Hills, Hamline Elementary, Missions Inc. Programs, Sharing and Caring Hands, Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, Closet of Hope, Ebenezer’s SDA Church Minneapolis, St. Paul Public Schools, Shakopee Community Assistance, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota-Refugee Services, Friendship Academy of the Arts, Anoka-Hennepin Schools, People Serving People, St. Louis Park Emergency Program, Ramsey Middle School, Mount Olivet of Plymouth for Northport Elementary, Good in the ‘Hood, Columbia Heights Public Schools, Northeast Middle School-MPS, Community Emergency Assistance Programs, Pillsbury Elementary School, Twin Cities RISE, Redeemer Health & Rehab, and Prodeo Academy.

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