Katie Drobne and her grandmother, Patricia Sadowski, stand with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Charles Burkes from the county’s Veterans Service Bureau at the event announcing the beginning of Katie’s Koats on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
continued Best Cleaners owner Tim McCann volunteered to not only place boxes in his stores to collect coats, but also offered to clean them. Any coats that come in after Jan. 31 will be stored by McCann, as well.
Drobne said she is hoping to continue the drive next year.
Katie’s Koats is also asking for other winter weather gear, such as hats, gloves, scarves and socks to add to their efforts. They are in need to coats and accessories for children, as well. The goal is to collect around 2,000 coats in one month.
“Whatever we can’t give this year, we’ll give next year,” Drobne said.
All of the coats and gear will be picked up by the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society of Albany, a nonprofit that provides emergency services to the county’s homeless.
“It’s very sad seeing people who have gone from one extreme to another,” said Drobne. “You know they had jobs and families, but they hit hard times. We’re doing this for no other reason than to give back.”
Collections are being accepted at all Best Cleaners locations and at Albany County offices located at 112 State St., 162 Washington Ave. and 175 Green St., all in the City of Albany.