Cincinnati-Area Families Received $34,000+ in Coats, Hats, Gloves this Winter Since 2011, the Lemasters Coat Drive has provided 1,825 brand new coats, 430 new pairs of gloves and 362 new hats to families in the Cincinnati area.
“We’re proud of those numbers and grateful for this yearly opportunity to make Cincinnati a little warmer,” said Poul Lemasters, owner of Lemasters, a consulting firm, based in Cincinnati.
Lemasters has been organizing a Coat Drive for several years with local Cincinnati–area kids and adults as beneficiaries. “What makes our coat drive different is that we donate brand new coats and brand new hats and gloves,” said Lemasters. “These families are wearing items that only they have worn.”
The Blue Ash Old Navy store has partnered with Lemasters and their Coat Drive over the past few years, this year included. They help the coat drive donations stretch farther…..a lot farther….through discounts and sales.
“Thanks to Old Navy, my clients, friends and partners in our annual coat drive, we were able to donate items valued at $34,956.54 this year” said Lemasters. “A little love from a lot of people can go a long way.”
Distribution was handled by Cincinnati’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul in early December of 2014.
“Our staff and volunteers work with many people throughout the year, and you have some of the best! It was truly an inspiring morning to unload those coats with you, your daughter and your staff, and immediately distribute them to neighbors in need of warmth,” said Liz Carter, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Donors to the 2014 Lemasters Consulting Coat Drive included private individuals, deathcare providers and financial service providers.