The recent drop in temperatures can only mean one thing: fall is slowly moving in on Indiana. As winter approaches, most of us will be pulling out the heavy coats along with our hats, gloves and scarves. But what about the thousands of children who don’t have winter coats when the time comes to brave frigid temperatures?

For the last 26 years, Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids campaign has kept thousands of central Indiana children warm during the coldest of months. The event is a huge partnership between WTHR, The Salvation Army, Tuchman Cleaners and of course, Weather Director Emeritus for WTHR Channel 13 and Coats for Kids spokesman Bob Gregory.

Labor Day through October 13, Coats for Kids will collect new and gently used winter jackets for children. All sizes, baby through 18 years, are needed. Coats can be taken to any Indianapolis-area Tuchman Cleaners. Tuchman will clean any of the gently used coats. If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation, you can at the online coat shop or by sending a check to The Salvation Army: 3100 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. (Don’t forget to write Coats for Kids on the memo line!)

Important Coats for Kids Dates:

Colts special collection day: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before Colts game on Sunday, October 7 at the main gates to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Coats for Kids Distribution: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 20 in the Agricultural/Horticultural Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a limit of one coat per child.

Coats for Kids needs volunteers to help with the sorting and distributing process. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer (or your church, organization, co-workers, sports team, fraternity…) Contact Brian Smith at 317-224-1010 or brian_smith @usc.salvationarmy.org.

For more information on the Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids campaign, please contact Angela Cain, WTHR Community Affairs Director at (317) 655-5620 or acain@wthr.com.