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Hundreds of coats collected for Coats for Connecticut

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ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

Eyewitness News has partnered with the Coats for Connecticut program to warm up people across the state.

Just three weeks into this year’s campaign, Best Cleaners has delivered a few thousand coats to Salvation Army centers around the state.

Last week, they stopped by the center on Washington Street in Hartford.

“It is with the contribution of people of Connecticut that we can have this partnership program with Best Cleaners,” said Captain Janet Gonzalez of The Salvation Army.

All of the donated coats are cleaned and ready to be worn, and are available to anyone in need of warmth this winter.

"This has been a great way to give back to the community, and it's something we can do this time of year well, and we can see the effects of it right here close to home,” said Shawn McCann, president of Best Cleaners.

Organizers said they are in desperate need of supplies for a segment of the population that is among the most vulnerable.

"Children are growing and it is hard to make ends meet. They have maybe grown two sizes from one year to the next one, and now this year winter is here, they are struggling making it financially and they need that assistance,” Gonzalez said.

She added that she has no doubt that the people of Connecticut will come through for those parents and their children.

"Think of those who don't have that privilege so that they can also be warm this winter and safe,” Gonzalez said.

Eyewitness News held coat drive specifically for children's coats on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at its studios in Rocky Hill.

During the drive, three vans were filled with coats and an estimated 900 coats were collected, with several hundred of them being brand new.

Dozens of snow and ski pants were collected, and several pairs of children's boots were as well.

A total of $600 in cash was also collected and will go directly to purchase coats.

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