Five Star Cleaners Cold Days, Warm Heart coat project provides much needed coats to Christian Assistance Ministries


Five Star Cleaners COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS coat project collected over 800 coats for Christian Assistance Ministries (CAM) through their annual coat drive held November 25, 2016 through January 31.

“Through generous donations from our customers, as well as movie goers at Alamo Drafthouse, we kept San Antonio warm this winter—one coat at a time,” said Five Star Cleaners founder Sharlene Thum. “Thank you to all of those who donated; it truly makes a difference in the lives of many.”

Five Star Cleaners and Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio worked together this year to spread the word on the coat drive through Warm Heart Wednesdays, a special movie night where patrons to Alamo Drafthouse could bring a gently used coat on Wednesdays Dec. 14 through Jan. 25 and receive a free popcorn.

“Alamo Drafthouse believes in supporting our communities,” said Brandi Beard, Alamo Drafthouse events manager. “Five Star Cleaners has a long record of success in providing coats to those in need, and we were honored to be a part of COLD DAYS, WARM HEARTS coat project in helping deliver much needed coats to CAM.”

For over 30 years, Five Star Cleaners has hosted their annual coat drive COLD DAY, WARM HEARTS. Over 120,000 of coats have been collected, repaired and cleaned and provided to various ministries for distribution to their clients who may not have the means to purchase coats.

“We are honored to work with CAM this year to help those in crisis in our community,” said Thum. “CAM plays a vital role in helping families and individuals get back on their feet.”

CAM helps 20,000 families annually find clothes, including coats. Like a triage or emergency room, folks come to CAM in all sorts of crisis.  No appointment is necessary and all are welcome.  CAM provides many items to meet clients’ immediate physical needs, while also addressing the needs of the mind and soul.

“We are grateful to Alamo Drafthouse for hosting Warm Heart Wednesdays, and for the generosity of patrons who donated a coat to help those less fortunate and to our media partners KSAT-12 and IHeart Radio for making this years’ coat drive a success,” said Thum. “Warm Heart Wednesdays will be back during the 2017 holiday season —and we hope to gather even more coats for those in need.”