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Coats For Kids

Coats for Kids is planned for October 19th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from 8:00am-2:00pm in the Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion at 1202 E. 38th Street in Indianapolis.  Download our Distribution Day Flyer.

Children from across Central Indiana can come on this very special day to pick out a warm winter coat, scarf, hat, and gloves - and we need YOUR help to make sure that the thousands of children who show up will leave with warm winter coats. Right now, you have several ways to make a Coats for Kids donation:

Donate to Coats For Kids

  • For every $25 donated, The Salvation Army is able to purchase a new coat in the most needed size.
  • Start gathering any new or gently used coats that you have! Classic Cleaners will collect donated coats at all 20 of their Marion and Hamilton County locations starting on September 3 and running through October 11. Find your nearest location at www.ClassicCleaners.net.
  • Hold a collection at your local business, church, or school. New coats can be dropped off at The Salvation Army’s offices at 6060 Castleway West Drive on Indy's north side.
  • COLTS FANS: Mark your calendar now - we're collecting coats at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Colts v. Raiders home game on September 29, 2019. Just bring a coat (or cash) with you and look for one of our collection stations outside of all gates from 11am until game time at 1pm.
  • PACERS FANS: Friday, October 11 is the Pacers' home opener against the Chicago Bulls. We'll be there with WTHR and Classic Cleaners to collect coats and cash during the hour before the 7pm tip-off.
  • Follow The Salvation Army on Twitter and Facebook to learn of additional opportunities to donate coats and cash in support of Coats for Kids.

We also need volunteers for this huge event on October 19th! We greatly appreciate your time! Sign up below:

CALLING ALL INTERPRETERS! Are you fluent in Spanish, Burmese, Farsi, or ASL? Some of our Coats for Kids families include non-English speakers or are members of the Deaf community. If you are bilingual and would like to use your special communication skills to help families at Coats for Kids, please reach out to Samantha Hyde at samantha.hyde@usc.salvationarmy.org. Thank you!

Last year, over 2,500 Central Indiana children came to the fairgrounds with their parents to pick out the perfect coat, hat, and gloves to keep them warm through an unpredictable Indiana winter. For the kids, this is a fun day when they can hunt for a coat they can wear to school with pride and confidence. From the tiniest of newborns to high school seniors, these children all need quality winter gear to help them stay healthy and warm. Since the most-needed sizes vary from year to year, in can take an inventory of over 4,000 coats to ensure that every child will find a coat to take home.

While a winter coat may seem like a small gift, the Coats for Kids program makes a big impact on local families who are struggling to put food on the table and keep the heat on through the winter. By providing these coats for their children, parents are able to use their limited funds to pay for necessities like school supplies, food, gas, utility bills, and rent. Thanks to Coats for Kids, they don’t have to choose between equipping their kids for the cold weather and paying the light bill.

Thank you to our Coats for Kids partners, WTHR and Classic Cleaners, for making this event possible!

Many thanks to our friends at K-LOVE for helping to promote Coats for Kids and providing music for the distribution event on October 19!