Editor, Times-Union:

The 24th Annual Kerlin’s Coat Drive to benefit people in our community who need warm winter wear was a success. We are so fortunate to live in a caring and giving community. Kerlin Motor Company Inc. in Silver Lake was the coat drive collection headquarters. There were 910 coats donated, and Combined Community Services was very appreciative.

I want to publicly thank all the co-sponsors. Times-Union for advertising, Kensington Digital Media for advertising, Wildman and Peerless Cleaners for cleaning all of the coats and our Kerlin staff for sorting, counting and transporting the coats.

A sincere thank you to everyone who donated coats. I want to send a special thank you to the people who made hats and scarves and those who purchased new items, we had a record number of new coats! It’s a wonderful feeling to know someone will stay warm this winter because we shared something as simple as a coat.

Valerie Warner

Kerlin Motor Company

Silver Lake