Dermody Cleaners Taunton: Coats for Kids drive lasts all of January


TAUNTON — For the 28th consecutive year, Dermody Cleaners in Taunton is holding its “Coats for Kids” drive to enable underprivileged children in the greater Taunton area to be warm and cozy with winter coats and jackets.

Each year, Dermody collects more than 1,000 coats and has collected approximately 48,000 coats since the program’s inception.

Dermody Cleaners cleans and sanitizes 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 children in need and their families.

As an added reward, customers who donate will receive 20 percent off the cleaning of their own coat.

Drop-offs can be made contact-free by calling ahead.

People are invited to donate children’s gently worn winter coats to any of the Dermody locations: 34 Cohannet St., Taunton; 648 County St., Taunton; 330 Bedford St., Lakeville; and 1273 GAR Highway, Somerset.

“Coats for Kids” is a January-specific event, collecting all month long.

Terry Dermody of Dermody Cleaners said this year’s drive is especially needed.

“Everyone is struggling with the pandemic and its consequences, but when adults suffer, children suffer even more. Children have enough to worry about these days and they shouldn’t have to worry about being cold as well. We like to do our part in making a difference in these kids’ lives,” Dermody said.

Dermody thanked the following organizations for their support of the coat drive: Crossed Sabers Ski & Sport of Raynham, Berkley Middle School, Taunton Extended Day Care and GE Fanuc of Mansfield.

He especially thanked the Saint Vincent DePaul Society, which is located at 141 Washington St. in Taunton and is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday evenings 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., for the food pantry. In the event of an emergency, call the society at 508-823-6676.

For more information about the coat drive call 508-822-6161 or visit

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