United Way officials today announced the launch of the 2014 Operation Cover-Up Program – a partnership with The Salvation Army and several other contributing sponsors including Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services, May Court Club of Chatham, the Prosperity Roundtable and Chatham-Kent Police Services. 

According to Mary Symons, United Way’s Good Neighbours Co-Ordinator, “We are looking for coats of all sizes – male, female, children, toddlers and infants – with an emphasis on men’s plus sized and toddlers and infants coats.” 

The program begins with a COLLECTION PERIOD which runs – during business hours – from today until Saturday, 2014 OCT 18, followed by a DISTRIBUTION PERIOD which runs from Tuesday, 2014 OCT 14 to Saturday, 2014 NOV 15. 

Those wishing to donate a used winter coat are encouraged to take them to the following DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:  Blenheim – Libro Financial; Chatham – Betty Brite, Bondy’s Cleaners, Chatham Cleaners, Community Cleaners and Winners; Dresden – Jackson’s Seeds, McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd., McKellar’s flowers and Gifts; Ridgetown – Chatham-Kent Police Station; Thamesville – Vivian Cleaners; Tilbury – Community Cleaners at Kara’s Rose Garden and Wallaceburg – Community Cleaners at Flynn & Burgess Grocery and Westown Cleaners. 

Those wishing to receive a used winter cost can secure a COUPON at The Salvation Army Family Services, ODSP, Employment and Social Services and United Way offices in Tilbury, Wallaceburg and Chatham.  Coupons can be redeemed during the DISTRIBUTION PERIOD at The Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Chatham, Ridgetown and Wallaceburg, The Salvation Army Food Bank at the Blenheim Baptist Church and the Tilbury Information and HELP Centre. 

Over the last 28 years since its inception, United Way’s Operation Cover-Up Program has distributed over 60,000 warm winter coats, hats and mittens to families in need throughout Chatham-Kent. 

For more information about this year’s Operation Cover-Up Program, please contact Mary Symons at 519-354-0430.