by Lisa Tome
Roger Owens hasn't cleaned enough winter coats this year.
That's why Owens, who owns Village Laundry and O'Kleen Cleaners, both in Elkton, has extended the annual Coats for Kids campaign.
Owens, whose businesses clean gently used coats free of charge and then drops them at the Cecil County Help Center, said last week that not enough coats were collected this year. Owens said that the annual 2017 Coats for Kids campaign didn't yield as many donated coats this year. That's why he will continue to clean donated coats until mid February.
Coats may be dropped off at Village Laundry, Village of Elkton and O'Kleen Cleaners, Northside Plaza, Elkton, until February 15. They will get cleaned and then donated to the Cecil County Help Center, High Street, where anyone in need may take a coat free.
Coats for Kids was originally started by Delegate David Rudolph. He turned coordination of the program over to the Kiwanis a few years ago. Coats are collected at Cecil County Public Schools during November into early December.
Although the campaign is called Coats for Kids, gently used coats for children and adults are needed. Hours at both laundries are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.