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Dermody Cleaners marks 21st year of Coats for Kids
 When the weather grows colder in Taunton, MA, each year, Dermody Cleaners ramps up
its efforts to keep residents warmer and well fed.
 Recently, the drycleaning business kicked off its 21st annual Coats for Kids drive which
has collected over 31,000 winter garments over the past two decades.
 Owner Terry Dermody says the company collects coats all year round, but the drive peaks
in January when the need is at its greatest.
 “A lot of times, the kids, for Christmas, get new jackets and the old ones get donated,”
Dermody said. “This winter, especially with the weather we’ve had at the end of December
and the beginning of January, there is a high need for them.”
 So far this season, Dermody’s has gathered and cleaned about a thousand winter
garments free of charge. They come in all shapes, sizes and conditions, but the biggest need
is always for children who are still growing.
 “It means a lot to each little kid that gets one of these coats,” he noted. “The problem is,
next year when they are a size or two larger, they’re going to be back in the same situation.
That’s why we need to keep on doing this every year. The need never stops.”
 The family owned business has been in the area since 1955. In the early 1990s, Dermody
had noticed other drycleaning plants offering Coats for Kids programs and liked the idea.
 “I thought it was a great way to give back to the community using what we have for
assets,” he explained.
 The coat drive has long been a staple in Taunton, but, more recently, Dermody Cleaners
also began participating in an annual food drive each November.
 This year marked the fourth installment of the program, which typically gathers several
large boxes of non-perishables each year, offering drycleaning discounts for those who
 “It’s appreciated and it goes to a very worthwhile cause,” Dermody said.
NCA class on how to avoid claims
 Starting in February, the National Cleaners Association has planned several installments of
its classes on avoiding claims and obtaining/updating credentials through the New York
Department of Environmental Conservation.
 First up is an eight-hour class on “Avoiding Claims: What You Need to Know About Fabrics
and Stain Removal” set for Sunday, Feb. 9 in Hartford, CT. The class will meet from 8:30
a.m. until 5 p.m. It costs $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
 The association additionally plans to offer the class throughout the year in other parts of
the country, including: Tampa on May 18, Dallas on June 7 and Seattle on July 13.
 Also coming up is the next presentation of NCA’s D.E.C. Certification course for cleaners
who speak Korean. Class dates are Feb. 22 and March 1. The class will begin at 9 a.m. and
run until 6 p.m. on consecutive Sundays.
 The class will also be taught in English three times this year in Nanuet, NY: March 23 and
30; July 13 and 20; and Nov. 9 and 16. Tuition is $795 for members and $1,295 for non-
For more information, call (212) 967-3002 or visit www.nca-i.com.