What is Coats for Kids?

2018 marks the 37th anniversary of Coats for Kids – Cleveland, which was started in 1981 by local radio station employees when they realized that a large number of children were missing school in the winter because they did not have warm coats. That November, Coats for Kids – Cleveland was founded and the radio station began soliciting donations of like-new, gently worn coats and cash donations to purchase new coats.

When is the Campaign and how long will collection bins be out?

Our formal coat collection began on November 1, 2018 and will continue into early January. You can drop off a coat at a number of locations around town.

How does Coats for Kids work? What happens to the coat I donated?

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 preK through 8 whose family incomes are below the poverty level are chosen to receive coats by classroom teachers, school counselors and administrative personnel.

How do I Volunteer?

We always appreciate volunteers to help at the Coats for Kids warehouse, but we do not require volunteer support every day.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Loretta Arnold at larnold@coatsforkidscleveland.org.

How do I Make a Donation to Coats for Kids and what is your Donation Policy?

To make a secure monetary donation via PayPal or you can mail a check made payable to Coats for Kids – Cleveland to:

Coats for Kids – Cleveland
P.O. BOX 74767
Cleveland, Ohio 44194

We have a Donations Policy for your review.

How do I Request Coats for my Organization?

If you would like to request coats for your organization, please send an email message to larnold@coatsforkidscleveland.org. For your request to be considered, please include in your email message the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your telephone number
  • The name of your organization
  • Number of children for which you would like to request coats
  • Children’s sizes and gender requested
  • Name of school the child(ren) attend

Please note that Coats for Kids distributes coats in partnership with more than 40 social service agencies, churches and other non-profit organizations throughout northeast Ohio.

We will make every effort to accommodate requests for coats that meet our qualification guidelines, but we cannot guarantee that we can fill all requests completely. If there is inventory remaining, coats will be available after our major distribution activities. Coat requests are reviewed in the order they are submitted and based on proven need. Coats for Kids strives to fulfill as many requests as possible each year.

How do I Contact Coats for Kids?

Please send your Full Name, Address and Phone Number along with your question or comment to agurin@coatsforkidscleveland.org.