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Coats For Kids

COMING SOON! Coats 4 Kids Spring Cleaning 

Get a head start on on spring cleaning this year!  Throughout the month of April, we will be collecting coats for this year's Coats 4 Kids event in October.  We are partnering with local schools and our friends at Classic Cleaners to make sure no child in need goes without a coat this winter!

You can drop off your gently used coats to various locations of Classic Cleaners.  Click here to find a Classic Cleaners location near you.

You can also drop off coats at the following schools:

Smokey Row Elementary – Carmel Clay Schools

Brooks School Elementary – Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Cumberland Road Elementary – Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Acton Elementary – Franklin Township Community Schools

Northview Middle School – Metropolitan School District of Washington Township

North Central High School – Metropolitan School District of Washington Township

Check back with us for more drop-off locations and event updates!


Coats for Kids is planned for October 17th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from 8:00am-2:00pm in the Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion at 1202 E. 38th Street in Indianapolis. 

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 after Labor Day through September. 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.
  • Follow The Salvation Army on Twitter and Facebook to learn of additional opportunities to donate coats and cash in support of Coats for Kids.

Last year, over 3,100 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, it 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!