You're Invited to the 704 Coat Drive Finale Event, Zip-Up Day

November 11, 2021

Charlotte Mechanical will conclude our eleventh annual 704 Coat Drive, a two-month campaign to collect coats for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, with Zip-Up Day and YOU'RE INVITED!

Zip-Up Day is a fun-filled donation event Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.

The goal of the entire campaign is to collect 6,000 coats, which are distributed through The Salvation Army’s various adult and youth programs. We fund everything 100% with zero cost to The Salvation Army or any barrel partner.

So, grab a family member, friend, co-worker, or ALL of them and swing by the parking lot of Dilworth Neighborhood Grille to help us reach that goal. You'll be greeted with free food, music, mascots and some zippy surprises.

The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte primarily serves women and children, so their greatest need is kids’ coats – all sizes – and women’s coats but they are certainly happy to accept men’s coats as well. Their preference is new coats or very gently used coats. “Gently used” means a coat still has a lot of life and warmth left; is washed and / or dry cleaned; has little to no signs of wear and has zero rips, holes or stains.

“We are always in awe of the tremendous community support that we receive each year for this initiative,” said Steve and Nancy McLaughlin and Dan Dyszelski, owners of Charlotte Mechanical. “This year we have a record number of barrel partners– local organizations and businesses that place collection barrels at their location and serve as ambassadors of the drive. It’s a testament to the number of amazing, community-focused businesses in Charlotte. Plus, more barrels mean that it’s even easier for folks to drop off coats!”

Don't forget; in addition to Zip-Up day, there are several other options for donating. Locations, links, and information are available at  

Barrel Locations: Drop off at a nearby organization participating in the drive through Nov. 12.

Online Donations: Donate monetarily online.

Appointments: Charlotte Mechanical customers may give to their technician during an appointment.

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