NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WIVB) - Since 1966 Capitol Cleaners in Niagara Falls has been part of News 4's "Coats 4 Kids" campaign and doing what Joe Petrozzi says is his favorite thing to do each year.
"We feel that community has been good to us and we want to give back to the community." said Joe Petrozzi the owner of Capitol Cleaners.
The campaign wasn't always as big as it has grown to be. It started simple with Joe handing out extra coats that belonged to his son.
"Our store is very close to a school and in the morning I saw children coming to school with no coats on or a jacket with no buttons. I had some of my sons clothes here and I gave them to them. Then I asked some of my friends and I decided to ask my customers." said Petrozzi.
The air force base fire department also was there volunteering their time as a thank you for the community supporting them.
"It's a wonderful, wonderful thing. It gives these people the opportunity that they may not be able to afford nice warm clothing for the children and they have it for the whole year." said Peter Jellison, Air Force Base Fire Department Fire Chief.
It wasn't just coats; hats, gloves, scarves, and snow pants were also available.
The need is there, it probably will always be there. A day like today where you see these kids come in and smiling pick out something they want to where it gives you a good feeling." said Petrozzi.
Donations this year were good so if you missed this first distribution there are still plenty leftover for the second distribution on December 7th. Get more information on Coats 4 Kids on WIVB.com's Community page.
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