Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Save More Furniture Store looked more like Santa's workshop Monday afternoon.
Store employees worked like Elves, hammering and sawing as they constructed sheds for their holiday clothing drive. It's a drive that this store's Santa hopes will last far beyond the Christmas season.
"We don't look at this as being a band-aid," said Leonard Hilldale, founder of Coats N Clothes 4 Kids. "This is a cure for the counties that are involved right now. There will be plenty of clothing and probably of so much clothing we'll be able to give it to other counties."
Hilldale's goal is to collect more than two million items of clothing--enough to warm every young body across three counties.
The operation starts with the 50 sheds. Hilldale will distribute the sheds to schools and other participating locations across the Southern Tier. The clothing collected in the sheds will be given to infants, toddlers and children in need.
"I know there's enough clothing generated by middle class and wealthy people that there should be no need in our area for underprivileged children in our area not to have beautiful clothing," said Hilldale. "Somebody said once, that if there's something you can do about it you have an obligation to do something about it. And I kind of believe that, so I think I do it out of obligation."
All the money for Hilldale's charity comes from the profits from his Save More Furniture Store, which sells dented and scratched furniture at discounted prices.
Clothes 4 Kids is an expansion on the Beds 4 Kids charity he started in 2006. In the last six years, Beds 4 Kids has donated more than 32,000 mattresses to families in need.