North Royalton Athletes to “Stuff the Bus” for Coats for Kids on Nov. 18

The North Royalton High School football players will coordinate the Eighth Annual Coats for Kids/Stuff the Bus collection event on Saturday, November 18 from 9am – 2pm.

The community is asked to bring gently used coats and cash donations to the North Royalton Board of Education parking lot, 6579 Royalton Road, where the players will “stuff” a North Royalton school bus with the donations.


This event benefits the children of Northeast Ohio and is a way for the North Royalton school community to give back to those in need.

Stuff the Bus will be a “drive and drop” operation, so coat and cash donors need not even leave their vehicle to make a donation.

Donations of new or like-new winter coats in all sizes (including adult sizes) are appreciated. The coats that are donated at Stuff the Bus will be redistributed to Northeast Ohio children through various social service agencies.

“Coats for Kids is indebted to the North Royalton football team and their families for their many years of dedicated support,” said Debbie Martinko, Coats for Kids executive director. “The Stuff the Bus team endured miserable weather at last year’s event, but still had a highly successful event. They raised close to $2,600 and collected several hundred coats.”

Several local businesses have offered to be food sponsors for the 2017 event. Zeppe’s Pizza in North Royalton will deliver sheet pizzas for volunteers on Saturday afternoon. Becker’s Donuts, also in North Royalton, will provide donuts. Michael Angelo’s Bakery in Broadview Heights has offered cupcakes for the event.

Financial donations for Coats for Kids have been committed by Angie’s Salon, Baumann Recycling, Kurak’s Tire Center and McDonald Hopkins LLC.

The City of North Royalton is also helping to publicize the event.


11/14 Story Club Cleveland event to benefit Coats for Kids

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On Nov. 14, join us for a fun and funny evening with Story Club Cleveland at The BottleHouse Brewing Company located at 2050 Lee Rd. in ​Cleveland Heights.

The charitable open mic show starts at 7:30 p.m. and features performances by Bartender Sunny Fucheccetti and Director Maria Gigante on the theme “Awkward Conversation.”

Best of all: a $10 suggested donation supports Coats for Kids!

Story Club is a charitable open mic event for stories. Story Club is held twice a month at The Bottlehouse Brewing Company and Forest City Brewery. 

Story Club has been highlighted by, Crain’s Cleveland Business and 106.5 FM The Lake. It has also been voted “Best New Bar Event” by Thrillist Cleveland.



Dom and Russ release “Classic Hits” Volume 2 CD

Dom and Russ are happy to announce their 5th album “Classic Hits” Vol. 2 on CD is now complete and available at all of their appearances & at DeVitis Fine Italian Foods in Akron.


A portion of the proceeds of all CD sales benefit Coats for Kids. All CDs are only $15 and all major credit & debit cards are now accepted.

Dom and Russ also have available “Love Songs-An evening with Dom and Russ” Vol. 1, “Classic Hits” Vol. 1, “More Christmas with Dom and Russ” Vol. 2 and “Christmas with Dom and Russ” Vol. 1.


Dom and Russ have generously donated a portion of the proceeds of all of their CD sales to Coats for Kids since their very first CD, “Christmas with Dom and Russ, Volume 1,” was released two years ago.

For a list of upcoming Dom and Russ appearances, visit or their Facebook page.

Hey CAVS fans! CAVS to collect coats 11/1, 11/5

The Cleveland Cavaliers are collecting coats for Coats for Kids at their home games on Wednesday, November 1 vs. Indiana, and on Sunday, November 5 vs. Atlanta.Cavs-Gold-Coats-For-Kids

The Cleveland Cavaliers are teaming with their fans to make winter a little warmer for Northeast Ohio kids.

Fans can donate new or like-new coats at any entrances to Quicken Loans Arena. Coats for Kids can use coats of all sizes, from infant to adult (as some kids wear adult sizes).

As of right now, tickets for both games are still available.

Two Men and a Truck of Cleveland to transport coats for cleaning

Coats for Kids wants to give a huge shout out to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK who are helping us by transporting donated gently worn coats to area Cintas locations for laundering.

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Their crew will pick up and deliver this week. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK of Cleveland has proudly served Northeast Ohio for 25 years, with locations in BrookPark and Wickliffe.

They began with just one truck in 1992 and have grown into one of the largest moving companies in the area. They operate more than 20 trucks daily and serve more than 7,000 moves per year.

Many thanks again to Two Men and a Truck. They TRULY are the movers WHO CARE and give back.

Dom and Russ donate $1,600 from CD sales

dom and russ 3Dom and Russ, the Modern Day Rat Pack, are as generous as they are melodious.

On May 24, during a performance at Triv’s in Strongsville, they presented a check for $1,600 to Coats for Kids.

The duo has kindly set aside a portion of the proceeds from the sales of all four of their CDs to Coats for Kids since their first CD was released two years ago.

To date, Dom and Russ have sold well more than 500 CDs (a combination of the four so far: Classic Hits Volume 1, Love Songs Volume 1, and Christmas Volumes 1 and 2 CDs).

Including last night’s check, Dom and Russ have contributed more than $2,700 to our organization.

Coats for Kids is extremely grateful for their sizable contributions which translate to nearly 200 brand new winter coats for kids in northeast Ohio.

Please be sure to visit their Facebook page, Dom and Russ, or their website,, for a list of their upcoming shows. All four of their CDs are available for sale at each of their performances for $15 each.

Winking Lizard donates $4,700 to Coats for Kids


Thanks for being awesome, Winking Lizard Tavern! This $4,700 check was presented on Saturday, Jan. 28 to Coats for Kids Cleveland Executive Director Debbie Martinko. For the seventh amazing year in a row, our friends at the Winking Lizard Tavern have chosen to donate the full cost of the jacket for each of the World Tourists (from its World Tour of Beers) if the tourist does not want their tour jacket.