The days are getting cooler, which means Coats for Kids distribution day is quickly approaching. Since the September 2 kickoff, Tuchman Cleaners has collected and cleaned thousands of coats that will help keep children in central Indiana warm and healthy this winter.

The Salvation Army partners with WTHR and Tuchman Cleaners each year with the goal in mind to have a warm coat for every child in central Indiana that needs one. This year we are aiming to collect 10,000 coats, and we are counting on the generosity and compassion of the entire community to reach this goal.

Former WTHR Chief Meteorologist Bob Gregory has led this annual campaign for 27 years. Last weekend he and the WTHR team braved the weather to join The Salvation Army at Lucas Oil Stadium as Colts fans brought coats to donate before the Colts-Seahawks game. By the end of the day over 1,600 coats had been donated, the weather had cleared up and the Colts had won the game – a great day for everyone! Thank you to everyone who stepped up to the plate to help fill this need in our community.

Distribution day is October 19 is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, but the last day that donated coats can be dropped off at your neighborhood Tuchman Cleaners is Sunday, October 13. Just visit www.tuchmancleaners.com/locations to find your local store. Even if you can’t drop off a coat, there are still plenty of ways to help the Coats for Kids campaign. Our Coats for Kids Shop lets you purchase new coats online through the Salvation Army website.

Keep up those donations — we want to see 10,000 smiling facing on October 19!