For more than 30 years, Pilgrim Cleaners in Minneapolis has been dedicated to giving back to the
community by helping people in need. Last year the programs continued and were
successful on record. It began in 1986 when Pilgrim founder Don Rosen started
community drive after a woman came into his store asking if he had extra coats
that he could
give. He searched his old inventory and found a coat for the woman’s son. It was the first of
many thousands and the launching point for an annual Coats for Kids drive.
As the need in the community for warm clothing during the harsh Minnesota winter
continues to grow, Pilgrim Cleaners continues to provide help for those in need
each year. Each
year the goal is to collect and clean 10,000 coats for families in the local
community. That goal
has been hard to reach in some years, but 2016 marked the most successful drive
years with a total collection of 9,500 children and adult coats.