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Change Your Laundry Habits, Lower Your Utility Bills

The Indiana Vibe

Many people are looking for ways to lower their utility bills, and energy experts say considerable savings can be found in an unexpected area – laundry habits. By making simple changes, particularly in temperature control and the timing of machine operation, households can save between $120 to $200 annually.

One such change is washing most clothes in cold water, potentially saving about $0.50 per load. This is because almost 90% of a washing machine’s energy is spent on heating water. Modern soaps, designed to work well in cold water, make this switch easier. However, it is important to keep washing sheets and towels in hot water for hygiene reasons.

Further, always running full loads in the laundry machine can also save energy, as the machine uses the same amount of energy irrespective of the load size. Other helpful tips include reducing dryer heat and using machines during off-peak hours. While these changes might make drying clothes take a little longer, the considerable energy savings make them worth trying.

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Don’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry Collects Nearly 5000 Coats for its Coat-A-Kid Program

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Steve Schmitt, owner of Don’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry DCI Fine DryCleaning, is committed to annually providing a winter coat for every child who needs one. Since its implementation at the local level, the Coat-A-Kid initiative has distributed over 150,000 coats throughout the community. Each year, from October through December, community members are invited to bring gently used and new coats to any Don’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry location. The coats are cleaned, if needed, and distributed to area infants, children, and teens via the Salvation Army, Evansville Christian Life Center, and in Boonville, at Hope Central. Read More »

2016 Coat-A-Kid Kickoff!

What an enthusiastic group we had helping us kickoff our annual Coat-A-Kid program. Lodge Community School was the venue and the wonderful students served as our joyful cheering section. Also on hand to launch our 30th year of the program were representatives from organizations that distribute the coats.

And who joined us there in spirit? You, our valued customers, who so generously support our efforts year-after-year by donating children’s coats. If you’re a customer who’s new to the area, we invite you to come aboard as we band together to keep our area kids warm this winter. Read More »

2015 Coat-A-Kid Kickoff!

Don’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry had a great Coat-A-Kid Kickoff with the students at Cedar Hall Elementary School!

Every year I enjoy taking coats to one of Evansville’s Title 1 schools and helping the kids try them on and pick one for the winter. It’s a lot of fun – and again this year The IceMen’s Coldstone Blizzard came along!

Kickoff week is ALSO the time we remind the community that EVERY WINTER at Coat-A-Kid we run out of coats BEFORE we run out of kids who need them! Read More »

Coat-A-Kids’ Steve Schmitt Says Numbers Down; Coats Badly Needed

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Maybe it’s because people think times are better now. But whatever the reason, a lot fewer coats are coming in for the Coat-A-Kid program and Steve Schmitt wants us to know the need is still there.

“This year especially we want to remind the community – and parents going through their children’s winter things – to please bring in gently used coats,” Schmitt says. “Especially infant and children sizes. We always run out of those before running out of kids who need them.” Read More »

Blizzard Kicks Off 2013 Coat-A-Kid Drive

Coats Now Being Accepted at All Don’ Don’s

Blizzard, the Polar Bear brought a lot of excitement to this year’s Coat-A-Kid kick-off at Highland Elementary on Oct. 10. The Evansville IceMen mascot handed out coats and gave hugs before students enjoyed the traditional throwing of their coats into the air.

For the sixteenth year, Don’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry owner Steve Schmitt headed up the kick off of the coat drive, which this year will far exceed 135,000 coats that have been cleaned and distributed to area kids since 1986.
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Thanks for Record 9,000 Coats Given to Coat-A-Kid Campaign 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind.- Don’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry Fine Drycleaning , the Salvation Army and Evansville Christian Life Center report the tri-state donated a record 9,000 coats to this year’s annual Coat-A-Kid drive – and they’re thanking the community for their generous giving.

“The need in this area was greater than we’ve seen before, but there were enough coats this year to fill every request,” Don’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry owner Steve Schmitt says. “Last year we ran out of coats before we ran out of kids who needed them. So we were happy to have enough this year – and want to thank everybody who donated.” Read More »