Porter’s Fine Dry Cleaning and Goodwill Industries® of North Louisiana, along with KSLA TV-12 distributed nearly 2,000 coats to those in need during the recent Coats for Kids Drive.
The 26th Annual Coats for Kids campaign kicked off on Monday, December 1 and ended Saturday, January 3. Coats were donated throughout the month of December at all Porters Cleaners and then distributed to teachers in both Caddo and Bossier Parish who had students that needed a coat. They were also distributed to the general public on Saturday, January 3 at the Goodwill Industries Store on 70th Street in Shreveport and the Porter’s Cleaners on Benton Rd. in Bossier City.
“With frigid temperatures already being realized across the area, the Coats for Kids drive and distribution will ensure that many children throughout Northwest Louisiana are warm, safe and healthy when the coats were needed. It would not have been possible without the generous donations from the residents of Shreveport/Bossier City and the many volunteers who helped with the distribution.” said D.J. Roman, Marketing and Community Relations Manager for Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana.
Porter’s Fine Dry Cleaning and KSLA TV-12 in partnership with Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana have been collecting coats for “kids” of all sizes since Mark Porter first started the program in the late 1980’s. The program has handed out over 150,000 coats to local residents of northwest Louisiana
Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit agency that serves people with disabilities and workplace disadvantages by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support.
Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. is a member of Goodwill Industries International (GII) and the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, is affiliated with NISH (formerly known as National Industries for the Severely Handicapped), and has been accredited for its Employee Development Services and Community Employment Services Programs by CARF – the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities. Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. is also a member of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) and is certified through its Ethics and Accountability Program, the Louisiana Standards of Excellence.