Donations Needed for Coats For Kids

Sep 4, 2019

Our Annual Coats for Kids event is planned for October 19th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, but we need your help to make sure that the thousands of children who show up will leave with warm winter coats. The Salvation Army is teaming up with WTHR and Classic Cleaners to ensure that the coats and cash you donate get those racks filled in time for the big event.

right now, you have several ways to get involved with coats for kids:

  • Bring new or gently used children’s coats to your nearest Classic Cleaners and look for the Coats for Kids donation bin. All gently used coats will be cleaned and ready to give out to a child in need. Click here for a list of all Classic Cleaners locations.
  • Make a financial donation. For every $25 donated, The Salvation Army is able to purchase a new coat in the most needed size. Click here to make your donation now.
  • 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 or at WTHR at 1000 N. Meridian Street. Gently used coats should be taken to Classic Cleaners by October 11 to ensure that there is plenty of time to clean and sort them before October 19th.
  • Sign up to volunteer here

Last year, thousands of 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.

This year, The Salvation Army has invited its partner, K-LOVE, to provide music for families attending Coats for Kids. You can learn more about this great local partner and the positive, encouraging music it plays by visiting

Please consider donating to Coats for Kids this fall and helping us keep Central Indiana children healthy and warm in the coming months. If you would like to volunteer to help at the fairgrounds during set-up week or on distribution day, we invite you to reach out to Deena Ford, our Special Events Manager, at You can also sign up online now by visiting our Volunteer Page. Thank you for your support!

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