New Support From Six Flags Fiesta Texas and San Antonio Christian Schools
SAN ANTONIO – Today (Thursday, November 18, 2010) Five Star Cleaners kicked off its annual “COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS Winter Coat Project” to benefit the hundreds of homeless and needy who are suffering more than ever because of this recession.
For the last 30 years Five Star Cleaners has been collecting gently used winter coats and to date more than 30,000 coats have been collected, cleaned and distributed.
Again this year all donations are earmarked for SAMMinistries and Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM). The program was formally named “COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS Winter Coat Project” in 2005.
“COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS” runs from now through January 31, 2011. Donors are invited to drop off men, women and children’s coats at any of the 18 Five Star stores.
For locations, visit www.myfivestarcleaners.com. As a gift for donating, each person receives a receipt for IRS purposes and a $5 gift certificate good toward any future dry cleaning order courtesy of Five Star Cleaners.
Even though the official launch was not until today’s kick off news conference, students from San Antonio Christian Schools adopted the charitable coat drive in late October and have been hard at work ever since. Today the students proudly delivered the 1,294 coats they have already collected, in a school bus no less!
Sharlene Thum, vice president and co-founder of Five Star Cleaners, said, “Collecting and cleaning coats for the homeless and needy is an outreach program very close to our hearts. We don’t think we have ever faced such dire times, but we are very blessed to have the support this year from San Antonio Christian Schools and Fiesta Texas. However, we still need for the entire community to get behind “COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS.”
Alan Axtell, superintendent of San Antonio Christian Schools, explained why the private school chose to become involved in “COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS.”
“The mission statement of San Antonio Christian Schools is…to provide a Christ centered education to prepare students for works of service. “COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS” fit our mission statement perfectly! What a great opportunity for all of our students to serve our community,” he said.
As an added bonus, this year’s donors can drop a coat at Six Flags Fiesta Texas any operating day from November 26 through December 23 and enjoy “Holiday in the Park” for the child’s admission price of $39.99 (plus tax). (Admission discount coupons
will be provided at a special Main Gate/Guest Relations donations area; please visit sixflags.com/fiestaTexas for exact operating schedule).
Visitors to “Holiday in the Park” will marvel at how Fiesta Texas is transformed into a winter wonderland with live entertainment, tasty holiday treats and thousands of colorful lights. Sydne Purvis, APR, communications manager for the park, said, “We are
extremely pleased that Six Flags Friends is now a partner in this project to share the warmth of the season with so many who are in need.”
President and CEO of SAMMinistries, Navarra Williams, said, “Due to these difficult financial times, SAMMinistries is experiencing a huge increase in the number of men, women and children that we serve on a daily basis. In fact, the number of families receiving our help has tripled from a year ago, making this effort by Five Star Cleaners, San Antonio Christian Schools, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas even more important and extraordinary. We are thankful to have such caring partners in the community.”
Dawn White, CAM executive director added, “CAM is so grateful to Five Star Cleaners and the community for this support. Over the last three months, we have seen more than 1,000 clients than we normally see. Many individuals who traditionally have not
needed additional help are facing financial crisis. CAM has provided this kind of support to over 45,000 individuals annually for more than 30 years. We could not do it without community donations.”
Thum added, “We are hopeful that everyone in San Antonio will join us as we lend a helping hand to the needy and homeless.”