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Coats For Kids

7,932 coats were distributed to Milwaukee area children and adults in 2019.


One in four Milwaukee children are living in poverty. During cold weather months, many children arrive at school without a warm coat.

The Salvation Army's Coats for Kids program provides coats and winter accessories to children in Milwaukee.

All winter coats are donated and collected in collaboration with FOX6 News.

Coats are picked up at various drop-off sites throughout the city by the donated services of Bonded Transportation Solutions. Then they are delivered to The Salvation Army where they are sorted by community volunteers and made ready for cleaning through the donated services of ITU.

Missed our distribution? Coats are available until March 31st. Call 414-464-2940 to schedule an appointment or stop by your nearest Salvation Army.

What to donate

Each child's coat cost is estimated to be $30. We accept monetary donations or in-kind donations following items:

  • Slightly used coats, both children and adult sizes
  • New hats, mittens and scarves can be given along with your coat donations

Collection Event and Phone Bank

Our annual Coats for Kids collection event with FOX6 News will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 9 at Steinhafels in Waukesha (I-94 and Hwy F). The first 200 cars to drive through and donate at least 4 coats will receive two (2) ticket vouchers to see Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic, coming to Fiserv Forum this February (while supplies last).

FOX6 News and Operation Warm will also host a phone bank on Monday, December 9 from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to collect monetary donations for coats. Call 414-355-3160 to donate.


Steinhafels, Johnson Bank and The Salvation Army are sponsor drop off locations. Our thanks to Bonded Transportation Solutions for offering their free service to pick up coats and deliver them to The Salvation Army.

Salvation Army Locations:

Divisional Headquarters
1315 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa
Lobby hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Milwaukee Citadel Worship & Community Center
4129 W. Villard Ave, Milwaukee
Center hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Milwaukee Cold Spring Worship & Community Center
2900 W. Cold Spring Rd, Milwaukee
Center hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Oak Creek Centennial Worship & Community Center
8853 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek
Center hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Milwaukee West Worship & Community Center
1645 N. 25th Street, Milwaukee
Center hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Emergency Lodge
1730 N. 7th Street, Milwaukee
Lobby hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The Salvation Army Distribution Center
5880 N. 60th Street, Milwaukee
Center hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Steinhafels Locations:

1-94 & County Hwy F (Exit 295)W231 N1013 County Hwy F, Waukesha

Menomonee Falls
N93 W16677 Falls Parkway, Menomonee Falls

8880 West Sura Lane, Greenfield

Milwaukee North
8401 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee

Oak Creek
9191 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek

Hwy 50 & I-94 7001 120th Avenue, Kenosha

Bluemound Mattress
18895 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield

Bayshore Mattress
429 W. Silver Spring Drive, Glendale

Grafton Mattress
1048 N. Port Washington Road, Grafton


Volunteer Opportunities:
Your organization can volunteer to help sort the coats for cleaning.Please sign up online.


To receive assistance/request an appointment from this program:

Call (414) 464-2940

To make a corporate gift or in-kind donation:

Sheree Dallas Branch
Assistant Divisional Development Director
(414) 302-4300

Interested in hosting a collection drive?

Click here to get started.

Program partners:

Coats for Kids Milwaukee Public Schools itu AbsorbTech
Johnson Bank Steinhafels