2021 Annual Coat Drive

Would you give the coat off your back to help someone?

PROVE IT!





Cincinnati
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul joins WLWT and Warm 98.5 in asking the community to donate new and gently used coats, as well as gloves, hats, and scarves. These winter items are then made available to neighbors in need this season. All sizes from a child’s XS to adult XXXL are needed, with an emphasis on larger adult coats are needed this season. For more than 150 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has compassionately cared for those in need throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County. More than 1,200 volunteers deliver care directly to more than 7,500 homes in their own neighborhoods, providing immediate help with pressing needs such as food, utilities and much, much more.


Columbus
CRIS
To help refugees and immigrants reach safety and stability, sustain self-sufficiency, and achieve successful integration into the Central Ohio community. CRIS is an independent non-profit organization that serves the refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. We have over 50 staff members from all over the world who speak many different languages. Our wide array of programs and services aim to facilitate sustained self-sufficiency and successful integration for the people we serve.


Dayton
Threads of Miami Valley
Our hope is to help people by providing clothing, coats and shoes to those in need. This process begins with generous donations of clothes and small household goods from our community. Every morning, donated items are picked up from local stores and collected from items dropped-off at our facility. Then many dedicated people gather to sort and organize those donations. Clothes, shoes, and coats are then given out during scheduled 30 minute appointment times to those who need them. If you are in need, please contact us to schedule an appointment or get more information.


Michigan
Grace Centers of Hope
Grace Centers of Hope is the largest and oldest homeless shelter in Oakland County and was established in 1942. Grace Centers of Hope’s main priority, as an organization, is to help those who are hurting to regain confidence in themselves, renew hope in their futures, and restore their faith in God. We inspire change from the inside out by offering our One Year Life Skills Program. Our program is open to men, women, and children, from 18 to 81 years old, or older. On any given day, Grace Centers of Hope provides services to 150-200 men, women, and children.


Indianapolis
Kids Coats Hamilton County
Kids Coats is different from other coat distributions in that we take the coats to where the people live! We partner with local churches in Hamilton County that turn their buildings into coat shopping experiences so families can choose their coats. We include other Central Indiana organizations in our events in order to connect families to opportunities available to them at little or no cost. To partner with local communities to provide coats and winter wear for families and connect those families to community resources, prayer opportunities, and churches near where they live. At the suggestion of Nancy Chance, Director of the Good Samaritan Network, three women from Carmel United Methodist Church (CUMC) started Hamilton County Kids Coats in 2004. That year, all the volunteers and coat donations were from church members and the entire event was funded by the CUMC United Methodist Women and the Good Samaritan Network.

With coat racks borrowed from the Salvation Army, we served just over 200 people. We have grown every year since then! In 2018, we gave out new and gently-used coats and winter wear to 3,046 children and their families and 2,398 lightweight jackets to kids heading back-to-school. That same year, Carmel UMC launched us as a non-profit so we would be more equipped to grow into our mission. We are now a year-round coat ministry with partners all over the county. We need ALL SIZES infant to adult 5XL! Collect clean, gently-used or new coats, mittens, gloves, hats, snow pants, and boots.


Solon
Coats for Kids-Cleveland
In 1981, local radio station employees became aware of a large number of children missing school in the winter because they did not have warm coats. That November, Coats for Kids – Cleveland was founded when the radio station began soliciting donations of new or like-new winter coats. That first campaign filled the studio, and subsequent campaigns brought in even more coats, along with monetary donations used to purchase new coats. Since then, millions of dollars have been raised and hundreds of thousands of new and like-new coats have been distributed to children in need in northeast Ohio. The need to keep area children warm, however, is still great. Coat and monetary donations are always needed, and without your ongoing support, Coats for Kids would not exist.

Contributed coats are sorted by size and gender by Coats for Kids staff and volunteers. Long-term Coats for Kids business partners then wash or dry-clean the coats for free. Cleaned, sorted, donated coats are then reallocated back into Northeast Ohio via a network of social service agencies and churches benefiting children whose families are suffering financial hardship. Coats for Kids uses proceeds from its fundraisers, with community financial contributions and grants, to buy brand new coats. New coats are distributed in five northeast Ohio counties (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina) by working closely with different public school districts. Public school students in grades pre-K through 8 whose family incomes are below the poverty level are chosen to receive coats by classroom teachers, school counselors and administrative personnel. Coats of all sizes are accepted.