Katie’s Koats collects over 3,000 items for homeless vets in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – With Tuesday’s cold weather, it’s especially important to bundle up when you head out the door.

One community coat drive is striving to make sure everyone in the Capital Region stays warm this winter.

Katie’s Koats has collected more than 3,000 cold weather items for Albany County homeless veterans and their families this year.

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“The compassion and support shown by those who participated in donating coats and other articles of clothing made the fourth year of Katie’s Koats the most successful year to date,” said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.  “Katie’s Koats netted 3,024 articles of clothing including coats, boots, scarves, gloves and snow pants donated at Crossgates Mall, at an Albany Devils home game, all Albany County office buildings and at all Best Cleaners stores.  Thank you to our partners!” McCoy continued.

“While we experienced a mild start to winter, Albany County, like many communities across the nation, is experiencing rising levels of homelessness,” said Liz hitt, Executive Director of HATAS.  “Our single adult homeless shelters are full; the family homeless shelter is full. Within this group are our veterans.  They are single men and women – they are mothers and fathers.”

The entire community pitched in to help and Best Cleaners cleaned all the coats for free.

“Best Cleaners is honored to partner with Albany County to provide clean, warm winter wear for those in need in our community,” said Tim McCann, Owner, Best Cleaners.

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