HANOVER, Mass. — Having a “ton” of laundry is an often-used figure of speech. This year’s Lapels Dry Cleaning clothes drive put a visual to this expression by collecting 4,073 pounds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The May clothing drive included significant contributions from 18 Lapels Dry Cleaning stores and plants in Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island.
“Our Massachusetts stores and our Lincoln, R.I., location really stepped it up for this clothing drive,” says Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. “Lapels prides itself on being environmentally friendly. A part of that is giving back to the communities we serve. We’re grateful to have a customer base that shares that spirit of giving.”
Some of the larger contributors were Lapels of Norton (575 pounds), Lapels of Hanover/Assinippi Corner (437 pounds), and Lapels of Walpole (345 pounds).
“With 18 Lapels stores participating in this drive, it helped make this a huge success,” says Ken Higgins, Big Brothers Big Sisters dispatch supervisor.
As impressive as those numbers are, the biggest individual store contributing came from the smallest state. The Lapels of Lincoln, R.I., collected 600 pounds of clothing.
“We’re so grateful for the contribution by Lapels customers and Lapels for coordinating the effort,” says Laura LoBreglio, customer service manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. “Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but this clothing drive shows how Lapels customers care about helping out fellow Ocean Staters.”