Coat Closet success is thanks to many

Janna Bass Chamber director

December 19, 2013

As I reflect on the Coat Closet this year, I reflect on the many people who dropped off a new or gently used coat in one of the 35 drop-off boxes throughout Sampson County, or I note the community partnerships and donations that took place this year that contributed to over 1,500 coats. Yes, over 1,500 coats! Wow! All I can say is Thank You!

The 2013 Chamber’s Coat Closet Project is coming to a close within the next week and I am honored to report that this project has yet again, distributed more coats than the previous year, only because of your involvement and generosity. This year’s project has collected over 1,500 coats that are being distributed throughout Sampson and surrounding counties. This number grew from the 1,300 in 2012. Again, I thank you for your support!

Thank you to the individuals and community partnerships that took place to help raise funds and collect coats for this project. While I cannot name each individual, I would like to note each community partnership that took place to help contribute to the project.

First, Wanda Coleman, artistic director at The Dance Shoppe & TuTu’s Too, once again gave incentives to her students and parents to collect coats and deliver to the Chamber office. Incentives included one month free tuition, the opportunity to purchase recital tickets prior to general sales, a free recital t-shirt, 2 additional complimentary recital tickets, and more. Through this incentive program, The Dance Shoppe & TuTu’s Too contributed 126 coats towards this year’s coat closet project.

Second, I would like to thank each high school Key Club for their support in this project. Kiwanis of Clinton sponsored a friendly competition amongst the Key Clubs rewarding the club that delivered the most coats to the Chamber office a $100 check to use to benefit their club. Through this competition, the key clubs throughout Sampson County contributed 188 coats to the project. Thank you to each key club and Kiwanis of Clinton for their support with this incentive.

Lastly, I would like to thank Sweet Frog of Clinton and Amanda Faison with Mary Kay who each had a night where a percentage of sales went toward purchasing coats for the project. Also, thank you to Larry McPhail and Ford of Clinton for giving a donation for each vehicle sold within the month of November, which also went towards purchasing coats for this project.

I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with laughter and the opportunity to make memories with friends and family. Again, thank you to each of you that assisted with “giving the gift of warmth this winter” with the Chamber’s Coat Closet Project. For more information about Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, please call 910-592-6177 or visit