Medfield’s McCarthy spearheading coat drive

Medfield High School junior Kaitlyn McCarthy has partnered up again with Coats for Kids and Anton’s Cleaners to collect winter coat donations as the cold weather rolls in. Winter coats for both children and adults are gladly accepted.

Coats for Kids’ goal is to collect, clean, and distribute coats to those in need. The foundation started in 1995 and has collected over one million coats throughout the years, keeping those in need warm during the winter weather.

Those with coats they no longer need, or have outgrown, are asked to donate them to this wonderful cause. Donating is easy; coats can be dropped off at Medfield High School, Memorial School, or the Medfield Public Library through January 12. “Not only is this an opportunity to help those in need," said McCarthy, "it also offers great rewards for our schools.”

As an incentive to donate as many coats as possible, the sponsors of this drive are giving away rewards to the top three schools who collect the most coats. The grand prize for the leading school is $2,500 towards their sports and after-school programs. The first, second, and third place schools will have the opportunity to receive IMAX theater tickets, and a large sum of money for other school programs and supplies.

Last year, McCarthy was honored to win second prize and presented a $500 check to Medfield Public Schools to purchase books for the MHS library. “Thanks to the generosity of Medfield residents, we not only provided lots of coats to those in need, but our schools received funds for new books,” McCarthy said.

For further information, visit ​antons.com/cfk ​to learn more about the organization. Monetary donations of any amount are also welcomed and appreciated. Those donations may be made directly at antons.com.

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