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At the GreenEarth home office in Kansas City, MO, the team partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City as well as local taproom Bier Station for a one-day clothes drive event of their own on April 20 to make up their contribution. Patricia Shaffer, owner of Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry in Tucson, AZ, works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona year-round already, so she didn’t think twice about holding a clothes drive at her stores. “Every day is Earth Day when you re- cycle your clothing at any of our nine loca- tions,” Shaffer said. “Good for the Earth and good for the kids — what could be bet- ter than that?” Jim Gilligan of Snedicor’s Cleaners in Howell and Brighton, MI, has the same philanthropic mentality as Shaffer. He col- laborates with the LACASA Center every spring and fall to host Cinderella’s Closet, which is set up as a boutique to offer low cost, gently worn gowns to high school girls, all proceeds benefiting the local non- profit’s initiatives to protect and advocate for survivors of child abuse, domestic vio- lence and sexual assault. Jumping on board the collective effort for the Earth Day Clothes Drive and sup- porting LACASA again he viewed as a no- brainer. “Participating in the GreenEarth Clean- ing 20th Anniversary Earth Day Clothes Drive and collecting clothing for LACASA clients merged beautifully with our core values of helping the less fortunate in our community and caring for planet Earth,” Gilligan said. OXXO Care Cleaners, which has 45 franchises all exclusively using GreenEarth and has been a GreenEarth Member since 2001, was among the participants. “Together we care for human beings and for the environment,” he said. “Also similar to GreenEarth®, OXXO is very active in the local communities in which we operate to help promote sustainability, so our par- ticipation in the recent clothing drive was logical.” Other participants included Bridgestone Cleaners, Brooklyn, NY; Colonial Cleaners, Minneapolis, MN; Dry Cleaning Central, Winston-Salem, NC; Dry Cleaning Station, Owasso, OK; Dutch Girl Cleaners, Red- lands, CA; Eagle Cleaners, Rochester, NY; El Dorado Cleaners, National City, CA; Fashion Cleaners, Omaha, NE; GreenEarth Cleaners, Castle Pines, CO; Greenest Cleaners 4U, San Jose, CA; Jones Cleaning Center, Fresno, CA; Lapels Dry Cleaning, AZ, CT, MA (42 locations); Martinizing Dry Cleaning, Royal Oak, MI; Martinizing Dry Cleaning, Santa Fe, NM; Martinizing Dry Cleaning, Wichita, KS; Oakwood Cleaners, Nashville and Hermitage, TN; Pratt Abbott Garment Care, Greater Port- land, ME; Ray’s Custom Cleaners, Fort Worth, TX; Revolution Cleaners, Denver, CO; Summit Cleaners, Briargate, CO; Swiss the Greener Dry Cleaners, Dallas, TX; and Veribest Cleaners, San Diego, CA. Lapels clothing drive backs Big Brothers Big Sisters Lapels Dry Cleaning annual clothing drive to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation collected nearly 15,000 pounds of garments this year. For 16 years, Lapels Dry Cleaning has held an annual cloth- ing drive to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation in April. “We really can never say enough about the generosity of our customers and the effort Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise owners put into this drive each year to make it a success. This drive is such a rewarding event in which we really demonstrate the power of being part of the local neighborhoods that we operate in,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. “It’s really become a pride thing with our owners and it’s great to see one of our newer franchise owners, Lan Nguyen of Lapels Dry Cleaning of Wilmington on Main Street, collect the most.” In addition to Wilmington, Nguyen also has Lapels locations in Concord and North Andover. Nearly four dozen Lapels Dry Cleaning locations collected clothing for the drive. The clothing donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation is then sold in bulk online, at auctions, at high-end thrift stores, consignment stores and at universities. The net proceeds from these sales go to support Bigs Brothers Big Sister Foundation’s mentoring programs for girls and boys across this year’s partic- ipating states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Arizona. At the GreenEarth home office in Kansas City, the team partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City as well as local taproom Bier Station for a one-day clothes drive event on April 20. GreenEarth collects clothes for Earth Day