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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 donation to Coats 4 Kids. For every $25 donated, The Salvation Army is able to purchase a new coat in the most needed size.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coats for Kids will look a bit different this year, but we are taking additional precautions to keep you safe and make things more convenient for the families we serve. All recipients must pre-register and choose an appointment time in order to receive a coat.
We will no longer have a walk-up service -- this means no more standing in long lines waiting to receive a coat. Instead, we have an online registration system in place and will be using a drive-through system at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion. 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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be unable to accept walk-up appointments of any kind. If you do not pre-register, you will not receive a coat.
We also need volunteers for this huge event 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 email@example.com
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 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!