Anton’s Cleaners kicks off its 18th annual Coats for Kids drive

Lyn Kaplan has been named to a five-year term on the North Shore Community College board of trustees.
Lyn Kaplan has been named to a five-year term on the North Shore Community College board of trustees.

KEEPING KIDS WARM: Anton’s Cleaners  has kicked off its 18th annual Coats for Kids drive, with the goal of collecting 60,000 winter coats to be distributed to those in need throughout Eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Coats can be dropped off at any Anton’s Cleaners or Jordan’s Furniture  store up until Jan. 12. 

During the past 17 years, about 744,000 adult and children’s coats have been collected and cleaned at no charge by Anton’s.


Last year alone, some 56,000 coats were collected, cleaned, and donated to those in need through a network of distribution partners.

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The School Rewards program promotes the collection in elementary and middle schools, which continue to be a driving force for Coats for Kids.

Last year, approximately 250 schools participated in the program, contributing nearly half of all coats collected. The top three schools collecting the most coats per students enrolled receive prizes, including school supply gift certificates, pizza parties, ice cream sundae parties, and visits from a TV meteorologist.

Jordan’s Furniture will donate $1,200 worth of furniture and 100 IMAX tickets to the winning elementary and middle schools.

“Coats for Kids is a chance for the entire community to come together for a common cause, and provide a coat for anyone who needs one during the cold winter months,” said Arthur Anton Jr., chief operating officer of Anton’s.


Anton’s Cleaners, based in Tewksbury, is a family-owned business that opened in Lowell in 1913. The company has 41 dry-cleaning stores throughout Eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

To find an Anton’s Cleaners, register to become a collection partner, or to register an elementary or middle school for participation in the School Rewards program, visit or contact Stephanie Littlefield,  Coats for Kids coordinator, at 978-851-3721 or 

CELEBRATING SURVIVORS: Winchester Hospital hosts “Surviving and Thriving: A Day of Inspiration and Joy Just for You” for people living with cancer and their families.

The keynote speaker is Shonda Schilling, a skin cancer survivor, founder of the Shade Foundation of America, and wife of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. She will talk about working through challenging times.

Following her discussion, people can choose from a number of small-group sessions including integrated therapies, yoga, nutrition for the cancer patient (which includes food demonstrations), using the internal Winchester Hospital staff, a dance class provided by a retired teacher from the Boston Ballet, and parenting in challenging times.


A box lunch will be available, as well as the opportunity to mingle with other people attending.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care, 620 Washington St.,  Winchester.

Cost is $20 per person and space is limited.

Shondra Schilling will be speaking at Winchester Hospitals Center for Cancer Care on Saturday.

For more information or to register, contact Kathy Porter, oncology nurse navigator, at 781-756-5058. 

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Al French  of Andover recently received a Life Trustee Award from The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization. French was honored for his many years of leadership with the Bay Circuit Alliance, a coalition of communities and organizations that support a 200-mile recreational trail and greenway encircling 57 towns and cities in the Boston metropolitan area between Route 128 and Interstate 495. French has also been very involved with the Andover Trails Committee and The Trustees’ Ward Reservation property committee. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, he spent many years working in the printing business before opening his own outdoor equipment store, Moor and Mountain, with Burt Batcheller  in 1966. The store closed its longtime Andover storefront this year. . . . Lyn Kaplan  of Marblehead has been appointed to a five-year term on North Shore Community College board of trustees. She is a business performance adviser with Insperity in Waltham. Kaplan, who has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from Lesley University, serves as the director of external affairs/president emeritus of the North Shore Technology Council  and is an advisory board member for The Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation

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