‘Share the Warmth’ program helps bundle up Topeka for winter

TOPEKA – As the cold weather approaches, and we start to bundle up, we look for the best ways to keep warm through the season. For some children and adults in Topeka, that isn’t an option, and many go without the necessary protection.

But the Salvation Army and Scotch Cleaners have been teaming up for going on 28 years to help end this crisis. The program “Share the Warmth”, has provided 228,178 coats to children and adults in the area. The coats are collected, cleaned and distributed to those who need them most.

In 2013, over 7,906 coats were give out at the Salvation Army. Major LeeAnn Burkett, corps officer, says that, “Partnering with a community-minded, caring business like Scotch Cleaners, allows us the opportunity to provide a much needed service to those in need within our community.”

Scotch Cleaners will accept coats from October 20 to November 22 at any of their locations listed below. You may start to pick up your winter coats at the Salvation Army’s location listed below, on December 6th. If you want to pick up a coat, please sign up upon arrival and list the coats needed for those living in your household. No documentation is required You can pick up coats on December 6, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help the Women’s Auxiliary in the sorting or the coats prior to distribution and as personal shoppers for the day of distribution. To sign up for either or for more information please call Major LeeAnn Burkett at (785) 554-9370. “We are grateful for their generosity and their continued partnership”, Burkett says.

Visit either location at:

Collection & Cleaning                                                                 Distribution

Scotch Cleaners                                                                  Salvation Army

134 SE Quincey St.                                                              1320 SE 6th Ave.

2801 SE California St.

2007 NW Topeka Blvd.


To volunteer for the day of distribution and register online go to http://www.ringbells.org (Topeka).


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