December 14, 2018 – Disaster Restoration Services (DRS), a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, delivered 710 winter coats on Wednesday, December 12 to Button Up Connecticut. This is the most coats DRS has collected in the last four years of sponsoring the annual coat drive. In 2017, they contributed 492 coats.

Button Up Connecticut distributes new and gently used coats to local non-profit groups, including schools, churches, children’s homes, shelters, food pantries and other social service agencies, to be able to provide to those in need throughout CT. Various businesses, schools, churches and other organizations contribute to the foundation by running their own coat drives and donating the coats they receive.

Since 2014, DRS has sponsored their own coat drive, teaming up with Sal’s Clothing Restoration in North Haven for cleaning and sanitation services, and reaching out to local businesses to set up collection boxes at their locations. The businesses that collect the most coats are awarded by having a monetary donation made in their company name. This year, insurance agencies, property management companies, schools, local businesses and municipal buildings participated in DRS’ coat drive.

Bouvier Insurance, of West Hartford, earned the top donation of $300 to CT Burns Care Foundation in their name, after collecting 179 coats. Coming in second place with 177 coats, South Oxford Management, earned a donation of $200 to the CT Food Bank in their name. In third place, Olderman & Hallihan Insurance, of Ansonia, collected 69 coats and earned a donation of $100 to the Ronald McDonald House in their name.

“Last year, 492 coats were collected, so this year we set our goal to 600 to top that. We came in well over our goal,” said Tammy Strong, vice president of DRS, who started the annual coat drive.

If you have a non-profit organization in CT, you can contact Kara Lucht at [email protected] or 860-259-0239 to set up an appointment to receive coats for your clients in need.

“DRS tries to give back to the community any way we can. This year we are proud to say that over 700 people will have a winter coat to keep them warm with our efforts,” said DRS President Danny Strong.

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About Disaster Restoration Services

DRS is a family-owned company dedicated to helping Connecticut and Massachusetts residents and businesses get their homes and properties back to pre-disaster condition. The DRS team of restoration experts are on call every day, 24/7, so when disaster hits, we are there to recover the damage. Visit