Packed, the Best Cleaners van delivers warm outerwear for those in need this winter // Photo courtesy of the office of the Albany County Executive
ALBANY COUNTY—Capital District residents are coming through in a big way for homeless veterans and their families, according to Albany County officials. So many coats and personal hygiene products have already been donated that deliveries to both HATAS (Homeless and Travelers Aid Society) and the Veterans Miracle Center have already been necessary. The VMC has made multiple pickups at the ShopRite locations in Albany, Colonie and Slingerlands—where toiletry items are being collected—and Best Cleaners made its first delivery to HATAS yesterday because the holding area for cleaned coats at the dry cleaner’s was full.
“This is a great show of support,” said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy. “Our veterans and their families have made many sacrifices and this collection effort shows them we care.”
Coats are being distributed to homeless veterans and their families by HATAS and the personal hygiene products are being handed out at the VMC. On November 12, CDTA provided a bus at Crossgates Mall for a “Stuff the Bus” event to collect these items and that bus was filled.
Clothing items may be dropped at any Best Cleaners, boxes at Lord & Taylor and the Crossgates Mall Customer Service Desk; personal hygiene items may be dropped at ShopRite stores in Albany County and the Crossgates Mall Service desk box; all donations will be accepted at Albany County office buildings at 112 State Street, 162 Washington Avenue and 175 Green Street through December 23.