Lapels Dry Cleaning will host their annual clothing drive to benefit Big Brother Big Sister starting April 13 and running through April 28. Lapels Dry Cleaning stores in Arizona, Connecticut, and Massachusetts will be accepting clothing donations during this period.

“My favorite time of year is that two-week stretch during our annual clothing drive in which we really get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people within the various communities we serve.  Our franchise owners do such a wonderful job each and every day immersing themselves in the local market and this is a way to really garner some exposure for both the Lapels network and the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. “This year we once again have planned this annual drive during the period where we celebrate Earth Day.”

Adds Dubois, “Donating clothes to a drive like ours benefits the environment in many ways. Especially when you think about the energy used to create clothing, to purchase it, to clean it and dispose of it.”

Lapels has pioneered an eco-friendly dry-cleaning experience over the past 18 years. Part of that effort includes a partnership agreement with GreenEarth®, the dry-cleaning industry’s only non-toxic cleaning alternative. Using these kinds of solutions and the latest technology in equipment, Lapels is also one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process.

In terms of the drive to benefit Big Brother Big Sister, Lapels customers and the general public are welcome to donate any gently used clothing items, including: men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, coats, jackets, shoes (any season or size). Household items such as linens, sheets, blankets, towels, drapes, comforters, afghans, curtains, fabric and purses are also accepted.

Clothing collected by Lapels Dry Cleaning will be donated to Big Brother Big Sister and in turn will then be sold by high-end thrift stores. The net proceeds from those sales are donated to Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programs for young girls and boys.

“We strongly encourage Lapels customers and the general public to participate in this very worthy effort to raise money for Big Brother Big Sister organization in the three states participating—Arizona, Massachusetts and Connecticut,” said Dubois.For the addresses of Lapels Dry Cleaning stores near you, please visit

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