Martinizing Dry Cleaning collects 1389 coats for needy

Mark Mills collected “Coats for Kids” in December 2017 at his Martinizing Dry Cleaning shops in Danville and Chatham. The Chatham location alone contributed 861 coats to the 1389 total. Chatham coats go to Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services and Danville coats go to several organizations including the Salvation Army.

For over 30 years, Martinizing stores in Chatham and Danville have been taking coat donations to give to those in need. 

“People donate coats, we clean them, and then we give them to organizations to distribute so everybody can have a clean coat for winter,” Mark Mills, who is in charge of the Chatham and Danville Martinizing locations, said. 

Mills’ father began to franchise the Danville location in 1958, and it was his mother’s idea to begin the Coats for Kids initiative soon after. Martinizing takes coat donations for kids and adults at four locations: Chatham, Danville, Martinsville and Collinsville. 

Mills says that any coats that come from Chatham will stay in the area to ensure that the donations help out the community. 

In 2018, Martinizing gave coats to the Social Services office, Haven of the Dan River Region and the Salvation Army. 

“It’s a good way to give back to the community that’s been so good to us all these years,” Mills said.

The Chatham Martinizing location on Hurt Street is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Danville’s Piney Forest and Riverside locations are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Saturday.

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