NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Northbrook, Ill.-based Zengeler Cleaners and the Libertyville (Ill.) Sunrise Rotary teamed in November to collect 1,160 pieces of winter clothing for hundreds of area veterans as part of their “Coats for Vets” collection drive. The donations included winter coats, jackets, sweaters, gloves and blankets.
After the donations were gathered, Zengeler Cleaners’ staff inspected, repaired and cleaned every item and delivered them to the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in North Chicago. Kenny List, chief of community affairs accepted and stored the donations until they could be delivered to veterans.
“The timing is perfect, as there is a huge need for warm clothes now that the weather [is] colder,” he says. List adds that some of the winter clothing will go to benefit the Homeless Veterans Program, helping the most needy.
“This great nation owes a debt of gratitude for the service of our veterans,” says Tom Zengeler, president of Zengeler Cleaners. “For the past several years, our veterans have fought wars on many fronts, and the Coats for Vets drive provided an opportunity for local residents to show their appreciation.”
“It was fitting that during this time of momentous change, so many local residents recognized the important role our veterans play in protecting the everyday freedoms of this country,” Zengeler added. “The many, many generous donations send a clear message that we truly appreciate our veterans.”
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards and works toward peace. Zengeler is an active Rotarian and a charter member of the Libertyville chapter.