BROOKLYN PARK, Minn.--Pilgrim Cleaners is on a mission to collect 10,000 coats for Minnesota children and families in need. Now through October 14 you can donate a new or gently used coat to any of the 25 Pilgrim Cleaners locations in the metro area.

Schools and businesses are encouraged to organize their own collections.

On Friday, October 13 Pilgrim Cleaners will give away free passes to Crayola Experience at the Mall of America when you donate new & gently used children & adult coats at one of their 25 twin cities Pilgrim Dry Cleaners locations. Passes are available while supplies last.

Used coats will be cleaned by Pilgrim Cleaners and distributed to the following charities:

Sabathani Community Center
Sharing and Caring Hands
Ronald McDonald House of the Twin Cities
Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis
Lutheran Social Services

If you are unable to donate a new or used coat, but would still like to participate in the program you can donate online or send a check to 3217 85 Ave No. Brooklyn Park, MN 55443. Checks can be written out to Pilgrim Cleaners (memo line: Coats for Kids). One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to purchase new children's coats.