FREMONT – The Fremont Raising Cane’s location is participating in an annual coat drive this month.
Raising Cane’s is collecting coats to be donated to support the Low Income Ministry and those in need in the Fremont community. This is the 11th year Raising Cane’s restaurants have held the Raising Coats with Raising Cane’s drive, but it marks the first year for the Fremont location. Raising Cane’s Director of Marketing Dee Collins says the coats must be either gently used or new, but can be any size.
“We are collecting coats at our Fremont restaurant. 100% of those coats are actually going to be donated to the Low Income Ministry,” said Collins. “We are looking for youth and adult-sized coats that are either gently used or new. And as our way of saying thanks, anyone who comes in and donates a coat will receive a free meal when they purchase a combo and a drink.”
This coat drive was started by the owners of the Raising Cane’s franchise back in 2007. Since then, supporters have donated over 15,300 coats to those in need. Collins says while the first year the drive comes to a new market can be slow, they are still hoping for around 250 coats during the Fremont coat drive. She says the success of this coat drive every year isn’t possible without the support of all the people who come out to donate.
“We couldn’t do this without the help of the community. Anybody who is able to go out and clean out their closet and then come to the restaurant and donate, we sincerely thank them,” said Collins. “Without them this wouldn’t be possible.”
For the entire month of October, anyone can donate gently used or new coats of any size to the Raising Cane’s location in Fremont at 23rd and North Bell. According to Collins, the Low Income Ministry has stated there is a need for youth-sized coats this year.