MOLLY MAID Launches National Coat Drive in Partnership with The Salvation Army



    OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - MOLLY MAID and its customers are pleased to
be partnering with The Salvation Army in an effort to collect new and gently
used coats this winter. During the months of January and February, MOLLY MAID
customers are encouraged to participate in the MOLLY MAID Cares Coat Drive to
help supply warm coats to the vulnerable and marginalized throughout Canada.
    Winter came early this year and hit most regions across the country
particularly hard. Thousands of Canadians who call the streets home rely on
warm clothing and the services of The Salvation Army to help protect them from
the cold during the winter months.
    MOLLY MAID Franchise Owner Michele Yonge, from Burnaby, British Columbia
ran a coat drive with MOLLY MAID customers in her region during November and
December in 2008 and had this to say: "Our coat drive was a tremendous
success. Our customers were thrilled to help those in need and our staff felt
great about assisting the vulnerable men, women and children in our
community."
    "We have the unique opportunity to collect donated garments when we are
servicing our customers' homes," says Aaron Abrams, Director Business
Development with MOLLY MAID's Head Office in Oakville, ON. "We are excited to
be able to partner with The Salvation Army on what we feel is a very important
initiative. Franchises across the country have confirmed their participation
to take part and are helping put warm coats on those in need this winter."
    "We are extremely grateful to MOLLY MAID for their interest in the work
of The Salvation Army," says Graham Moore, Territorial Secretary for Public
Relations and Development for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda. "Their
efforts in collecting coats will go a long way towards supporting Canada's
homeless by helping to keep them warm and dry this winter."
    MOLLY MAID has run other goodwill initiatives in the past, including
their annual 'Christmas in July' food drive. Since 2003, MOLLY MAID Franchise
Owners and customers have collected nearly 30 tons of food to support local
food banks in numerous communities across the country.

    About MOLLY MAID

    MOLLY MAID was founded in Mississauga, Ontario, and is celebrating its
30th Anniversary in 2009. From its early beginnings, MOLLY MAID has gone on to
clean homes in seven countries on three continents including the United
States, United Kingdom, Japan and Portugal.
    MOLLY MAID is the largest Canadian-based residential cleaning company in
the world.

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 117 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people
and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an
addiction.

    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

    News releases, articles and updated information can be found at
www.SalvationArmy.ca





For further information:

For further information: Aaron Abrams, Director Business Development,
MOLLY MAID INTERNATIONAL, (905) 847-6243, ext 229, aabrams@mollymaid.ca; or
Andrew Burditt, Territorial Public Relations Director, The Salvation Army,
(416) 845-8231, andrew_burditt@can.salvationarmy.org, www.SalvationArmy.ca


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