For the 25th consecutive year, Dermody Cleaners in Taunton is currently conducting their annual “COATS FOR KIDS” drive to enable underprivileged children in greater Taunton to be warm and cozy with winter coats and jackets. Last year Dermody was able to collect over 1,400 coats and have collected almost 45,000 coats since the program’s inception. Dermody Cleaners will clean the donated coats free of charge and will deliver them to Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s Center on Washington Street in Taunton for distribution to the needy children and their families.

Residents of the area are invited to donate children’s gently worn winter coats which they themselves are no longer using to either of the Dermody Cleaners locations in Taunton: 34 Cohannet Street (downtown, across from the Taunton Gazette) or 648 County Street (Hart’s Four Corners). Also, at our Lakeville location in Sava’s Plaza at 330 Bedford Street

“COATS FOR KIDS” is a January-specific event, collecting all month long.

Terry Dermody, speaking for Dermody Cleaners, has high expectations for this year’s event. “The Taunton-area community has always been a generous one. However, their benevolent nature has only multiplied. Our recent Food Drive had a record-breaking response, and we hope for the same success with our Coats for Kids drive.”

Mr. Dermody wants to thank the additional efforts and support put forth by Crossed Sabers Ski & Sport of Rayham, Berkley Middle School, Draka Cable, Taunton High School’s National Honor Society, Taunton Extended Day Care, L.L. Bean in Mansfield, and GE Fanuc of Mansfield this winter season. He especially would like to thank the Saint Vincent DePaul Society for their continual cooperation.

The Saint Vincent de Paul Center is located at 141 Washington Street in Taunton and is open Monday thru Friday 9 am to noon and Wednesday evenings between the hours of 5:30 to 7 pm, for the food pantry. In the event of an emergency, anyone can call upon the Vincentians to respond at once. The telephone number for such an emergency is 1-508-823-6676.

The “Coats for Kids” campaign is the main community service campaign conducted by Dermody Cleaners. Other community projects include their Holiday Food Drive and ongoing support of the Taunton Boys and Girls Club. If you would like more information, call Terry Dermody at 508-822-6161 or visit

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