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Coats for Kids is planned for October 16th 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 donation to Coats for Kids. For every $25 donated, The Salvation Army is able to purchase a new coat in the most needed size.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking additional precautions to keep you safe and make things more convenient for the families we serve. All Coats for Kids recipients must pre-register and choose an appointment time in order to receive a coat. Online registration for Coats for Kids opens on September 27, 2021.
Each registered family will be emailed a timed entry ticket, which means no more standing in long lines waiting to receive a coat. Instead, parents and guardians will be able to arrive at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion shortly before their appointment time. Families can wait in the comfort of their parked cars and will be able to enter the building 30 minutes prior to their appointment time. This not only ensures we can practice social distancing but also ensures we can provide more efficient service to you and your family! We will have accommodations in place for families who do not have a vehicle.
Once inside, families can visit information tables in the front reception area and enjoy some kids activities. Shortly before their appointment time, they will be called to get in line to go out onto the shopping floor with our volunteer shopping guides. Children will be able to try on coats and find the perfect fit for the winter season.
Coats for Kids is huge event, so we need hundreds of volunteers during set-up week, October 11-16, and on Distribution Day on October 17th! We greatly appreciate your time -- check out our Better Impact page to view the volunteer opportunities for this event!
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 Stevi Cochrane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for other ways to get involved?
Start gathering any new or gently used coats that you have! We will have collection boxes at select locations throughout Indianapolis:
Last year, over thousands of Central Indiana children came to the Indiana State 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!