Magic of Lights – Thursdays are Coats for Kids Day 

Magic of Lights at the Cuyahoga County Fairground runs from November 24 – January 2. Over a million dazzling lights and even more magical memories!
Every Thursday is Coats for Kids day with a portion of all carload tickets used on Thursdays benefiting Coats for Kids. Tickets are good any day, and the lines are much shorter on Thursdays, so buy your ticket now, then plan to go on a Thursday to support Coats for Kids!

Chick-fil-A Cookies for Coats

Nov 15 – Dec 11, participating Northeast Ohio area Chick-fil-A restaurants will donate 100% of the proceeds of every chocolate chunk cookie (including 6-packs) purchased to Coats for Kids. Place your contactless order through the Chick-fil-A App, then swing by a participating Chick-fil-A to pick up your treat. It’s the little things that can make a big difference. 

Burger family hosts successful golf outing to benefit Coats for Kids

We’re very grateful to the Burger family (Sandi Szalkowski Burger) of North Royalton who have supported our organization in different ways for many years.

On Sat., 9/4, they hosted their 9th Annual B.P.S Invitational golf outing at Royal Crest Golf Club, Inc., collecting coat donations & raising more than $1800 for CFK Cleveland! Plans are in the works for a larger outing next year so stay tuned…

Mr. Hero to collect donations for Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids is excited to announce our partnership with Mr. Hero restaurants. From September 2021 through April 2022, 72 Northeast Ohio Mr. Hero locations will be collecting donations for Coats for Kids in their front counter donation boxes. Stop by your local Mr. Hero today for the taste you crave and make a donation to help us continue to fulfill our mission to provide new or like-new winter coats to children (ages 0 – 18) in need in northeast Ohio. 100% of the proceeds collected will go directly to Coats for Kids – Cleveland. 

Coats for Kids has been spreading warmth to kids in northeast Ohio since 1981. In 2021 we celebrate our 40th anniversary! After 40 years, Coat for Kids has undoubtedly made an impact on our community with hundreds of thousands of new and like-new winter coats distributed throughout northeast Ohio. Join us in celebrating our 40th anniversary by giving the gift of a warm winter coat.

Triv’s Big Give is a huge success for Coats for Kids

A huge thank you to The Mike Trivisonno Show and everyone who played a role in coordinating Triv’s Big Give that took place Monday, August 9, 2021 on Newsradio WTAM 1100! Donations from the following businesses and foundations, as well as many individuals, resulted in more than $204,000 being raised for Coats for Kids!

  • Fred Kobzowicz, Vice President of Winking Lizard Tavern, for donating a delicious lunch.
  • Rick DeChant, Executive Director of the The Cleveland Police Foundation who spoke live on air about the CFK relationship with the Cleveland Police.
  • Rick Solon of the Figgie Foundation for the incredibly generous donation.
  • Paul Orlousky, Cleveland TV news icon, who donated a portion of his book sales at the event to Coats for Kids.
  • Billy Morris and his Smokin’ Rock n’ Roll ice cream truck for donating ice cream to everyone who attended today.
  • Cintas Corporation who donated new Coats for Kids branded t-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps and winter hats for our staff.
  • Charles Geil. And his ghost band for providing musical entertainment throughout the day
  • Dunkin’ Donuts for donating breakfast
  • Piccolo Italian Restaurant in Mayfield Heights for donating delicious food
  • Photos by Marty (Marty Matusak and Joe Vanecek) who documented the day in photos

Thank you to the following businesses and foundations for their generous monetary donations and to the many individuals who made cash or online donations!

Coats for Kids Provides Winter Coats to the Tour of Good Cheer

For the past 36 years, the Tour of Good Cheer has brought the spirit of Christmas and goodwill to over 100,000 underserved individuals and families within the greater Cleveland area on the Saturday before Christmas. Founded by Dick Clough, the Tour stops at 10 local agencies sharing essential items such as warm coats, scarves, gloves, various clothing items and much, much more.

In 2020, Coats for Kids partnered with the Tour, providing over 300 winter coats for distribution to the Cleveland community. Recently, Dick stopped by our Coats for Kids warehouse to present us with plaques showing their appreciation.

For more than three decades, the reach of the Tour has continued to grow in partnership with the Cleveland Police Athletic League. Coats for Kids looks forward to partnering with the Tour again in 2021.  To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/TourOfGoodCheer.

Beaumont’s Lydia Gattozzi Raises Nearly $3,400 for Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids’ Executive Director Debbie Martinko (right) is with Beaumont Senior Lydia Gattozzi.

Beaumont School Senior Lydia Gattozzi completed her “Points for Coats” fundraiser for Coats for Kids earlier this spring.

The final fundraising tally has now revealed that Lydia raised a grand total of just under $3,400!

Lydia, one of Beaumont’s leading basketball scorers, attained an outstanding 383 points during the regular and post-season. For her “Points for Coats” campaign, contributors made pledges for each point scored or flat donations to reach the $3,400.

Coats for Kids thanks the amazing athlete and human that is Lydia Gattozzi from the bottom of our hearts, and wishes you all the best next year at Canisius College.

Winking Lizard Tavern supports Coats for Kids with Tour of Beers

We are so grateful for our long-time supporters Winking Lizard Tavern and their 2020 Beer Tourists. They recently contributed $3,200 to our organization. Rather than taking a jacket at the end of the Tour of Beers, some tourists elected to contribute to us. Thank you again for this amazing gift! The Winking Lizard has made an annual donation in conjunction with its World Tour of Beers for 10 years in a row, amounting to just shy of $57,000 contributed to Coats for Kids over the decade.