Welsh Laundry planning clothes drive

Welsh Coin Laundry and Dry Cleaning is sponsoring a program to encourage local citizens to donate coats-children or adults sizes-which will then be cleaned and distributed to needy families or individuals in the Hesston, Hillsboro, and Newton areas.

The program is called “Coat of Many Colors” and is being conducted in conjunction with the national “Make a Difference Day.”

Starting Saturday, Oct. 28, and going through Saturday, Nov. 4, these donated coats can be taken to Welsh Coin Laundry and Dry Cleaning located in the Ole Towne Plaza on North Old 81 Highway in Hesston; 323 N. Ash St. in Hillsboro or 1800 W. First St. in Newton.

These items will be dry cleaned free of charge and given to local organizations and churches for distribution in November and December.

Items not used by these facilities will be given to the Goodwill and Salvation Army. Churches wanting to distribute the cleaned coats to families in their congregation can call any Welsh facility to make arrangements for pickup.

“This is our third year to participate in the ‘Make a Difference Day’ campaign,” said Sandy Welsh, co-owner of Welsh Coin Laundry and Dry Cleaning,

“The first year, we collected 200 coats and last year with our new store in Newton, the number exceeded 400.

“Now that we have opened a third laundromat and dry cleaning facility in Hillsboro, Ken and I are hoping for an even bigger response.”

Anyone wishing to donate coats for children or adults may drop them by Welsh Coin Laundry and Dry Cleaning during the hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday (Newton location only) until Nov. 4.

An attendant is on duty during those hours, or you can call 327-4945 (Hesston); 947-3600 (Hillsboro) or 282-4945 (Newton) for more information.

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