Country Ski & Sports Donates 1,000 Coats to Area Non-Profits
How to give away 1,000 winter coats, sizes 2-16, along with boxes of winter pants, hats gloves and other accessories? That’s the challenge Country Ski & Sport, a third generation, family-owned retailer of ski equipment, clothing and accessories, faced in late October. That’s when local businesses like Lapels Cleaners of Marshfield, and nonprofits like Marshfield Boys & Girls Club, stepped up.
“We typically donate coats and other winter accessories to local charities. Last year it was Home for Little Wanderers in Plymouth. This year we made the decision to move more items than usual to make space at our Hanover, MA warehouse for our annual expo on Veteran’s Day,” said Jay Stenson, Country Ski & Sport’s director of marketing and the third generation to work in business, which has locations in Quincy, Hanson and Westwood, Massachusetts.
Continued Stenson, “We reached out to Kimberly Wilkinson because we knew Lapels had conducted clothing drives and thought she could help. Kimberly did that and then some.”
In addition to storing the 1,000 coats and accessories at her 776 Plain Street, Marshfield, MA plant, Wilkinson reached out to her network of non-profits who might be able to disperse the coats. In very short order, all 1,000 coats and accessories found homes.
“As a Marshfield resident, I knew of the good work done by the Boys & Girls Club and started there. They took 100 coats and it snowballed from there,” said Wilkinson, who also owns Lapels Cleaners of Hanover, Lapels Cleaners of Cohasset and Lapels Cleaners of Kingston.
Besides the Marshfield Boys & Girls Club, non-profits who accepted clothing to distribute included Sowing Seeds of Hope of Marshfield, Rolling Wave of Scituate, MA, Carolina Hill Shelter of Marshfield and several others.
“We’re enjoying a mild fall now, but we know how cold New England weather can get,” said Jim Bunnell, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield. “Country Ski & Sport’s generosity in donating these coats will be much appreciated by the families we serve.”
Source: Presseportal, "Country Ski & Sports Donates 1,000 Coats to Area Non-Profits," [Press Release] Nov. 11, 2022.