Discovery Health Partners teams with Chicago-area Button & Zipper for post-holiday coat drive January 7-11, 2019

As cold weather sets in after holidays, need increases and donations are more critical

ITASCA, IL (January 7, 2019) — Discovery Health Partners is joining forces with Chicago-based Button & Zipper to collect 500 coats for a post-holiday coat drive the week of January 7-11, 2019.

Discovery is collecting coats for men, women, and children, emphasizing that need and homelessness impact all ages at all times throughout the year. The coats will be distributed to local schools and charitable organizations that register with and are vetted through the Button & Zipper application process.

“Once the holidays end, we find donations decline just as the weather turns colder and need increases,” states Ira Colman, founder and president of Button & Zipper. “Additionally, when school resumes after the break and winter temperatures worsen, we find that we are flooded with new inquiries from schools and shelters that support those most in need.”

Discovery is accepting donations of new and gently-used items at their Itasca headquarters locations. Button & Zipper considers “gently used” to be a coat that you would lend to a friend or let your child wear to school.

“We are thrilled to partner with an impactful and inspirational organization such as Button & Zipper,” states Philip Garrison, Vice President of Human Resources and executive sponsor of Discovery’s employee-run Pay It Forward Committee. “This coat drive is a way for Discovery employees to live out one of our core values, Mindful Stewardship.  Being a good steward to our community means supporting the community when it has the most need. When Button & Zipper explained how important it was to Chicago-area schools and shelters to have access to new and gently used coats after the holidays, we were glad to step up and encourage our employees and others in the western and northwestern suburbs to continue the giving season.”

Arlington Heights-based Imperial Surveillance, a Button & Zipper partner, will be providing logistics for picking up and delivering the coats once the coat drive is done.

About Discovery Health Partners

Discovery Health Partners’ mission is to deliver unique, actionable analytic insights and technology-powered solutions to help healthcare payers improve payment integrity, increase revenue optimization, and maximize efficiencies with government programs. Serving more than 60 health plans across the U.S., including six of the 10 largest U.S. health plans, Discovery has been recognized consistently for its growth—earning a spot on the Inc. 5000 list five years in a row and the Crain’s Fast 50 three times. For more information on Discovery Health Partners, go to

About Button & Zipper

Button & Zipper is a community coat drive founded in 2013 to help Chicagoland and Denver Metro homeless and at-risk youth stay warm during grueling winter months. Since its inception, Button & Zipper has collected and distributed more than 17,000 coats to recipients in the Chicago and Denver Metro areas. To find out how you can support Button & Zipper, please visit

About Imperial Surveillance, Inc.

Imperial Surveillance, Inc., is a full-service security company offering surveillance camera systems, alarm systems, access control / key fob systems, fire alarms systems, and intercom systems for residential, commercial, and government sector clients in the Chicagoland area. For more information, visit

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Discovery Health PartnersDiscovery Health Partners teams with Chicago-area Button & Zipper for post-holiday coat drive January 7-11, 2019