Guardian Self Storage, which operates 14 facilities in New York, is serving as a primary host in the annual Susan DeKeukelaere Memorial Coat Drive, which collects winter coats for those in need. It’s the 25th consecutive year the storage operator has collected clean and gently used outwear from the public for charity purposes. Donations can be dropped off through the end of October at the company’s locations in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties, where they’ll be sorted and prepared for distribution.
Guardian is working with Dutchess Outreach, Newburgh Ministry and People’s Place to distribute the coats, which will be handed out next month at eight Dutchess County locations. The drive collected more than 5,000 items last year, yet some people were turned away because supply ran out, according to a source. Adult plus-size and children’s coats are especially needed this year. Questions about the drive can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other participants in the 2019 drive include Raymour & Flanigan Outlet, Red Cap Cleaners and Rhinebeck Bank.
In addition to its annual coat drive, Guardian hosts a food drive that benefits The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The family-owned self-storage company opened its doors in Fishkill, N.Y., more than 30 years ago.
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