The last day for the Teknicolor Paints (a Benjamin Moore retailer) coat drive is Jan. 1.

The last day for the Teknicolor Paints (a Benjamin Moore retailer) coat drive is Jan. 1.

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Local business holds successful coat drive

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 30, 2020

 Teknicolor Paints (a Benjamin Moore retailer) General Manager Aaron Binder and sales associates John Harrison and Catherine McCarthy display several coats they collected during a coat drive at the Grosse Pointe Woods store.

Teknicolor Paints (a Benjamin Moore retailer) General Manager Aaron Binder and sales associates John Harrison and Catherine McCarthy display several coats they collected during a coat drive at the Grosse Pointe Woods store.

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Local residents in need will stay warmer this winter thanks to a coat drive held at a Grosse Pointe Woods business.

Teknicolor Paints (a Benjamin Moore retailer), located on Mack Avenue, is holding the coat drive to benefit four Detroit shelters. Sales associate Catherine McCarthy organized the drive, which began in early December and continues until Jan. 1.

While McCarthy has held coat drives in the past out of her house, this was the first time she brought it to a retail store. 

As of Dec. 29, the store had received at least 250 new and gently used coats, plus numerous scarves and hats for kids, teenagers, men and women. McCarthy originally wasn’t sure how the drive would go because of COVID-19. 

“My goal was 100 coats. We’re super appreciative for the outcome we had,” McCarthy said. “Thank you to everyone who did participate. We’re super excited we were successful this year. A lot of people were happy to donate coats. We got some fur coats, which I thought was interesting. We had a customer drop off a bag of silk scarves.”

After all the coats are collected, McCarthy will take them to a laundromat and then sort them by size. She then will contact the four Detroit shelters: Cass Community Social Services, Matrix Off the Streets, NSO Tumaini Center, and Transition 123 INC.

“I’ll call and see what they have a need for,” she said. Whatever coats are left over, McCarthy will drive around “and look for a need within the community.”

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