Five years ago in early November, Mobile Edge ran its first Coats For Kids drive. We made arrangements to have donated coats distributed locally in Carbon and neighboring counties. We had hoped to collect a few dozen coats. Were we in for a surprise! By the end of January, we had collected close to 200 coats. We realized that we were on to something! In 2010, we ran the promotion again and collected nearly 300 coats, and 2011-2013 had similar results. In addition, we collected dozens of beanies, scarves and gloves.
What Is Coats For Kids?
As the owner of Mobile Edge for more than 20 years, I’ve always said that I’ve never once sold something that people actually need – I sell products that people WANT… things that make them happy and things that make life more comfortable and convenient. One of the truest examples of this is remote car starters.
We sell a lot of remote car starters! Good economy or bad economy… it doesn’t matter. It stands to reason that, if someone cares that much about staying warm, they just might have some unneeded children’s coats or know someone who does.
We decided to tie these ideas together. Bring us a new or gently used child’s coat and we will give you up to $50 off the cost of a new remote car starter! There is no catch. No hidden agenda. You have coats that can help disadvantaged children. We have a means to distribute your coats to children who need them. We also have really great car starters that will keep you warm and comfortable all winter long. Everybody wins! You save money and make some room in your closet. We get to make another happy customer and a child somewhere in our area will be warmer this winter. Think about it… It make sense to me!
“But I Really Don’t Want a Remote Starter”
No problem. We will happily take all of your unwanted coats, beanies, gloves and scarves, and make sure they do some good. It might be 17 degrees out the day that you drop them off, but I promise you will leave our facility feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!
Help Us Reach Our Goal!
Our goal this year is a lofty one. We want to collect 500 coats. Plain and simple. If you are reading this and are in Carbon or surrounding counties, why not share this on Facebook and Twitter? We’re making it easy for you to make a difference in local children’s lives. Please help us spread the word!
Making a Difference Across the Nation
One of the really exciting things that has happened as a result of our Coats For Kids campaign is watching other shops throughout the country implement the Coats For Kids program in their markets. Shops from Indiana, Virginia, Arizona, Maryland, Louisiana, Wisconsin and California (to mention a few) have initiated their own local campaigns. What was created here in Lehighton, PA, a few years back is keeping kids warm in cities and town all over the USA!
If you have a gently used child’s coat taking up space in your closet, we can make sure that it goes to good use and makes a difference in a local child’s life.
Press from Previous Years’ Promotions