What is Coats for Kids?

2020 marks the 39th 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 2019-2020 coat collection campaign is complete. Our 2020-2021 campaign will begin in November 2020.

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

Our 2019-2020 coat collection campaign is complete. Please contact us in September 2020 to participate in our next campaign.

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 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.

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.

What is your Donation Policy?

We have a Donations Policy for your review.

How do I Request Coats for my Organization?

We are not accepting coat requests at this time.