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Coats for Christmas

Coats for Christmas of Hancock County originated from the vision of City Dry Cleaning owner, Paul Kramer. In 1987, Kramer developed and launched a service project to provide a warm coat to those in need regardless of financial circumstances. Paul conceived the idea of an organized collection of gently used coats, donating his company’s services to clean those coats and distribution of the freshly cleaned coats to those in need without financial qualification. In 1997, Hancock Leadership and the Volunteer Center Youth Action Council, now called ENGAGE, assumed responsibility for organizing and marketing the collection and distribution effort. Kramer continues to be actively involved in the campaign providing his business services to clean all of the coats that are donated.

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