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Buffalo Exchange’s ‘Coats for Cubs’ project starts November 13

Everybody knows that it’s just poor form to wear a garment made of real fur in public. The former fashion statement has in recent years, due to the diligence of animal rights supporters eager to hurl fake blood on the offending wearer, rendered many a fur coat, stole, and other soft and fuzzy garments hang dormant in the closet, utterly lacking purpose.

Until now.

Beginning November 13 through Earth Day on April 22, Buffalo Exchange is accepting donations of real fur apparel, including trims, accessories, and shearling—regardless of condition—for Coats for Cubs (coatsforcubs.org). Providing bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife, the effort is a program of The Humane Society of the United States.

Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange has collected a total of 5,256 used furs on behalf of Coats for Cubs. To claim a tax deduction, please mail your fur directly to The Humane Society of the United States, Attn: Coats for Cubs, 2100 L St., NW, Washington DC 20037.

Additionally, Buffalo Exchange and HSUS ask customers to voice support for the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009 (H.R. 2480/S.1076). If passed, this act would require all garments made with animal fur to say so on the label, helping consumers make more informed decisions.

A sustainable company that works to protect the environment by reusing and recycling clothing, Buffalo Exchange also donates to local nonprofit agencies via its Tokens for Bags program, generating nearly $358,000 for hundreds of local nonprofit agencies since 1994, saving 7.2 million bags. Shoppers are encouraged to accept a token instead of a bag for purchases, enabling Buffalo Exchange to donate five cents to a charity of the customer’s choice.

Buffalo Exchange, 1618 Westheimer Rd., 713/523-8701, or 249 W. 19th St., 713/868-2400 • buffaloexchange.com. —Nancy Ford

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