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More than 1,000 coats collected in Coats for Kids campaign

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — More than 1,000 coats were collected through WBNG’s 2018 Coats for Kids campaign.

Throughout the month of November the community  collected new and gently-used coats, hats and gloves to be distributed to local families through the Family Enrichment Network.

One of the sponsors, ServPro in Binghamton, says the community response has been overwhelming.

“Our bins been overflowing. Every week we have businesses, employees of other businesses that do their own drives at their businesses and bring them here. We’ve had an overwhelming support of coats, hats, gloves. It’s been emptied on a weekly basis,” said Danielle Yurka the Vice President of Administration & Marketing at ServPro.

Yurka says children in need is an issue in the area and it’s important for our community to come together.

“The last thing we want to see is any children or young adults out there without any coats on, especially as the weather is getting colder,” said Yurka.

Bates Troy is dry-cleaning the coats. The company says it is still processing them and expects a few more hundred to be added to the total amount once employees are done.

Other local businesses who sponsored the campaign include Raymour and Flanigan in Johnson City, New York Mutual Insurance in Edmeston and Hatala Orthodontics in Johnson City.

Photo courtesy: Danielle Yurka

Jackie Prager

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