For the 29th consecutive year, Dermody Cleaners in Taunton is conducting their annual “COATS FOR KIDS” drive to enable underprivileged children in greater Taunton to be warm with winter coats and jackets. 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. This year, the Taunton-area has been so eager for the collection to start, that Dermody is starting the campaign a month early. Traditionally a January event, the business will collect and promote the campaign in both December and January.

Residents of the area are invited to donate children's gently worn winter coats which they themselves are no longer using to any of the Dermody Cleaners: 34 Cohannet Street (downtown, across from the Taunton Gazette), 648 County Street (Hart's Four Corners), 330 Bedford Street in Lakeville (Sava's Plaza) and the Press Club on Route 6 in Somerset.

One exciting development for the Coat Drive this year is the support of the Downtown Taunton Foundation. They are running a Holiday Pop Up Shoppe on weekends directly across from Dermody Cleaners until December 19th. This event at the old Taunton Gazette building also collected for Dermody's recent Food Drive and will feature local artisans and vendors selling holiday items.

Terry Dermody, speaking for Dermody Cleaners had this to say about this year's drive: “This year feels different in so many ways. My grandson just turned 2 years old, and I cannot imagine him not having a winter coat. It makes me want to try harder to help our community even more. No child should be cold. He's the fourth generation Dermody child to assist with this drive, and I want him to learn how important it is to help others. I cannot thank the Taunton community enough for their enthusiasm to donate coats this year, it was so emphatic that it was an easy decision for me to start the Coat Drive early.”

Mr. Dermody wants to thank the additional efforts and support put forth every year by Crossed Sabers Ski & Sport of Raynham, Berkley Middle School, the Segregansett Country Club and Taunton Extended Day Care, 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 Boys and Girls Club of Metro South. If you would like more information, call Terry Dermody at 508-822-6161 or visit

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