CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Mechanical invites the community to donate their new or gently used winter coats as it wraps up its 11th annual 704 Coat Drive benefitting The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte with Zip-Up Day.
Zip-Up Day will be an all-day drive-thru donation event held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 12th in the parking lot of Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.
Officials say anyone who chooses to donate their coat at the Zip-Up Day event can expect to be greeted with free food, music, mascots, giveaways, and so much.
Charlotte Mechanical says its goal of the entire campaign is to collect 6,000 coats to be distributed through The Salvation Army’s various adult and youth programs.
Officials say Charlotte Mechanical is responsible for funding the campaign entirely, with zero cost to The Salvation Army or any barrel partner.
“We continue to serve more than 1,000 people every day/night in Charlotte. We know that, even as the local economy rebounds, many in our community will be left behind,” commented Brent Rinehart, Director of Communications, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “A coat may seem like a small thing, but when you are facing catastrophe, it’s one less thing you have to worry about. When temperatures are low, the individuals and families we serve can be assured they have a warm coat while waiting at the bus stop for school or work. They can use the funds they would’ve spent on clothing to go toward their savings as they work to get housing. A simple donation of a coat makes a huge impact.”
Officials with The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte say while they primarily serve women and children, so their greatest need is kids’ coats and women’s coats, they are certainly happy to accept men’s coats as well.
They prefer new or very gently used coats, “gently used” meaning a coat that still has a lot of life and warmth left, is washed, and has little signs of wear.
“We are always in awe of the tremendous community support that we receive each year for this initiative,” said Steve and Nancy McLaughlin and Dan Dyszelski, owners of Charlotte Mechanical. “This year we have a record number of barrel partners – local organizations and businesses that place collection barrels at their location and serve as ambassadors of the drive. It’s a testament to the number of amazing, community-focused businesses in Charlotte. Plus, more barrels mean that it’s even easier for folks to drop off coats!”
Officials say in addition to Zip-Up Day, there are several other options for donating to the drive.
Click here to find more locations on where to donate and for further information on 704 Coat Drive.