Art Van Furniture and St. Vincent de Paul to Kick Off “Operation Coat Check” Campaign January 11, 2016

New community coat collection initiative created to warm bodies and hearts this winter.

January 11, 2016 // // Detroit, Mich. - St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) and Art Van Furniture are partnering on Operation Coat Check, a new community campaign across Metro Detroit to collect coats to keep those in need warm this winter.

St. Vincent de Paul is asking individuals to go through their closets and “check” for coats that they no longer wear anymore. From Monday, January 11 through Thursday, February 11, 2016, the public is invited to drop new or slightly used coats for children or adults at any Art Van Furniture store or visit to make a credit card donation.

“Everyone deserves to have a winter coat to help keep them warm during Michigan’s harsh winter months,” said Gary Van Elslander, president of Art Van Furniture. “We are proud to partner with St. Vincent de Paul on Operation Coat Check to support those in need in our community.”

“The need is greater than ever this year,” said SVdP executive director, Bill Brazier. “Through the simple donation of a coat you can make a significant impact on the life of someone in our community. Art Van Furniture is a premier supporter of so many community projects and we are thrilled to partner with them.”

About Art Van

Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 98 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit for more information.

About St. Vincent de Paul

For over 130 years, St. Vincent de Paul has provided vital services in Southeast Michigan, including food, shelter, medical and dental care, utility assistance, disaster relief and emergency support. Additionally, SVdP operates 13 thrift stores throughout the community and provides outreach programs to the youth and elderly including Camp Ozanam and the Matchan Nutrition Center. SVdP assists more than 300,000 households annually. To learn more, call 877 ST VINCE (788-4623) or visit


Media Contact:

Christina Hamzey
St. Vincent de Paul


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