The 31st Annual Coats for Kids is planned for October 21 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, Tuchman Cleaners, and Two Men And A Truck 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 make a Coats for Kids donation:

  • Bring new or gently used children’s coats to your nearest Tuchman Cleaners by October 16 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 24 Tuchman Cleaners locations.
  • Text the phrase GIVEACOAT to 41444 to receive a link to the official Coats for Kids donation page. For every $25 donated through this page, 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 3100 N. Meridian Street or at WTHR at 1000 N. Meridian Street. Gently used coats should be taken to Tuchman Cleaners by October 16 to ensure that there is plenty of time to clean and sort them before October 21.
  • Follow The Salvation Army on Twitter and Facebook to learn of additional opportunities to donate coats and cash in support of Coats for Kids.

Last year, over 2,500 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.

Thanks to the Murphy family, long-time supporters of The Salvation Army and the Coats for Kids program, every boy and girl also gets to choose a warm hat and a pair of gloves or mittens to go with their new coat. By the end of the experience, the kids are always grinning from ear to ear and parents are grateful that the generosity of this community means a warmer winter for their family.

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 Sandy Gould, our Volunteer and Events Manager, at 317-224-1010 or sandy_gould@usc.salvationarmy.org. You can also sign up online now by visiting our Volunteer Page. Thank you for your support!