Coats for Kids & Families: 20 Years Strong

United Way and Page the Cleaner have been creating warmer winters in the Alberta Capital Region for the last 20 years.

This year’s Coats for Kids & Families campaign ran October 25, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

During the campaign, coats are collected at Page the Cleaner locations throughout the city. Once collected, Page provides the cleaning services. The coats are then sent to United Way’s InKind Exchange for sorting by numerous volunteers. Coats are then distributed throughout the community by United Way and partner organizations.

Hannes Rudolph, general manager at Page the Cleaner, says that when his family took over Page the Cleaner 11 years ago, it “fit quite well” to keep up the company’s involvement in the Coats for Kids & Families campaign.

“It’s something that really fell in line with our interests,” Rudolph says. “We like to see the community helped in any way we can.”

Over the years, Page the Cleaner employees have grown very attached to the cause, too. Rudolph says that this year many employees volunteered their own time to clean the coats – a testament to how strongly they feel about the campaign.

Lynne Duncan, chair of the board of directors for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, called the 20th annual Coats For Kids & Families campaign a significant milestone. “It’s these types of partnerships and programs that continue to define what our community is about – working together to make a meaningful difference for those in need,” she said.

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