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Coats for Vets Drive Underway

Donations accepted through November 1st at Zengeler Cleaners’ Libertyville locations

Libertyville Sunrise Rotary is teaming up with Zengeler Cleaners once again for its annual “Coats for Vets” collection drive. The goal is to collect winter coats, jackets and other seasonal apparel for veterans throughout northern Illinois. Donations are now being accepted by any Libertyville Rotary Sunrise member, or can be dropped off at either of Zengeler Cleaners’ Libertyville locations (539 East Park Avenue and 1401 Peterson Road), as both stores are official collection locations for the 2023 drive.

“It’s far too common for veterans returning from active duty to face a variety of problems while trying to readjust to civilian life,” said Tom Zengeler, President of Zengeler Cleaners. “As long as U.S. troops are deployed in ‘hot zones’ around the world, we’ll continuously have a new group of veterans returning home every month – many of whom will be in desperate need of jobs, food, clothing and housing. ‘Coats for Vets’ provides a great opportunity to show our appreciation for the sacrifices our troops unselfishly make on our behalf.”

While the drive is called “Coats for Vets,” all types of clothing are welcomed, especially blankets, gloves, hats and other seasonal apparel, in addition to coats and jackets. “With the help of generous individuals in the community, we’re confident this year’s drive will once again be a huge success,” continued Zengeler. “And remember … every donated item will be put to good use! With that in mind, the ‘Coats for Vets’ drive may be a great time to look through your closets and donate all those items you no longer need.”

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Once the donations are gathered, the Zengeler team will thoroughly inspect, repair as needed and clean every single item, then deliver the renewed items for distribution prior to Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11th.

For more information about the 2023 Coats for Vets drive, please contact Tom Zengeler, President, at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14, or visit In addition to the two Libertyville locations, Zengeler Cleaners has stores in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield, Winnetka, Northbrook and Long Grove, IL. Zengeler Cleaners … America's First Family of Dry Cleaning™.

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