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Coats For Kids

1,780 coats were distributed to Milwaukee area children and adults in 2020.


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.

2021 Distribution Day

The January 2021 Distribution date will take place 9 a.m. - Noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th 2021. There will be no appointments between Noon and 1 p.m. so our staff can sanitize and restock coats.

Registration for this event begins Tuesday, January 5.

This year looks different due to COVID-19. Please be aware that we are following the Milwaukee County Health Department and CDC Guidelines. This event will take place by appointment only. The public can begin scheduling appointments for the distribution dates beginning Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Appointments will be scheduled for five appointment slots every 15 minutes to abide by social distancing.

The guidelines we will follow are:

  1. Temperatures will be taken when entering the building.
  2. Masks and gloves will be required to be worn by everyone in the building.
  3. ONE person per household and NO children allowed for pick ups.
  4. Due to CDC guidelines, we cannot allow trying on coats.

To make an appointment, please call (414) 464-2940


For those who cannot make the distribution date, we will begin taking appointments for one-on-one shopping experiences beginning on January 11. These will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. until March 31. 

What to donate

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

Steinhafels drive-thru Drop-off events (10 a.m. to noon)

Please note: Due to the pandemic there will not be collection bins located inside Steinhafels stores this year. Please bring your coats to one of the designated Steinhafels locations on Saturday morning to make your donation. You won’t even need to get out of your car just drive up, pop the trunk, and one of our friendly volunteers will take the donation to the Salvation Army truck for you.

  • Saturday, November 14 | W231 N1013 County Hwy F, Waukesha
  • Saturday, November 21 | 8880 West Sura Lane, Greenfield
  • Saturday, November 28 | 9191 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek
  • Saturday, December 5 | N93 W16677 Falls Parkway, Menomonee Falls



Feldco Windows, Siding & Doors
401 W. Boden Street, Milwaukee
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Salvation Army Locations:

Divisional Headquarters
11315 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

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