FAQ

What is Coats for Kids?

2019 marks the 38th 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 not attending 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 campaign resumes November 1 and will conclude in early January 2020. You may drop off coats at the following locations.

My business would like to collect coats on behalf of Coats for Kids. How can I arrange that?

We already have reached our limit for designated coat donation collection for 2019. However, if your business or organization has interest in collecting coats on our behalf, you may do so and then please take them to one of the drop-off locations listed.

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

How can I support the fire relief effort?

You can support the fire relief effort here.

What is your Donation Policy?

We have a Donations Policy for your review.

How do I Request Coats for my Organization?

Coat requests are accepted via email only to our Operations Manager Loretta Arnold at larnold@coatsforkidscleveland.org

Please include in your email request:

  • 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

Coat requests are reviewed in the order they are submitted and based on proven need. If there is inventory remaining, coats will be available at the conclusion of our school-coat program. We strive to fulfill as many requests as possible but we cannot guarantee that we can fill all requests, or fill all requests completely.