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First Lady Jane Beshear kicks-off Coats for the Commonwealth – Winter Coat Drive

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 03, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jill Midkiff
Sarah Baird

Governor’s Office, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, will hold drive from November 2 through November 27

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the winter season quickly approaching, First Lady Jane Beshear today announced the Governor’s first winter coat drive - Coats for the Commonwealth. In partnership with Goodwill Industries, the drive began November 2 and will end Nov. 27, 2009.

“Many families go through the winter months without proper clothing and we are holding this drive to help provide warmth for these families,” said Mrs. Beshear. “As we approach cold weather, we encourage citizens to participate to help fellow Kentuckians have a wonderful and warm season.”

Beginning November 2nd and continuing through November 27th, bins will be located in the central lobbies of the Transportation Cabinet office building, the Cabinet for Health and Family Resources building, the Library and Archives Building, the Central Lab and outside the Governor’s Office in the Capitol. State employees, as well as visitors to these buildings, are encouraged to participate and donate a gently used or new winter coat.

All coats collected will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. The First Lady and Governor are also encouraging citizens who cannot participate in Frankfort to donate a used or new winter coat to their local Goodwill.

“Of course, donations are important for Goodwill shoppers, who find bargains every day in our 57 centers throughout Kentucky,” said Dr. Carl Metz, government affairs specialist for Kentucky’s Goodwill. “But even beyond affordability, revenue from your donations helps Goodwill fund timely and critical job training, employment counseling, and adult literacy programs for Kentuckians with disabilities or other disadvantages.”

Goodwill sells inexpensive, gently used clothing and household items. Revenue from donations supports the organization’s mission of helping people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life.

In 2008, Goodwill placed more than 1,800 Kentuckians into jobs. Goodwill provides people with the opportunity to work, earn a living, and create a more independent and meaningful life for themselves and their families.