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Collect Coats

Donate winter coats with the Coat Drive to help the homeless.

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Since the Coat Drive began 27 years ago, we have collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to New Yorkers in need. The drive has also become a holiday philanthropic tradition for many residents, with coworkers bringing coats to their annual office Christmas party or neighbors placing collection boxes in the lobby of their building. 

Our Coat Drive kicks off in November. If you would like to make a clothing donation sooner, contact these agencies.

How to Help

You can set up a collection site in a cafeteria, church, lobby, school—wherever you choose—and run a coat drive of your own. We provide you with all the promotional materials you need. All you have to do is provide boxes to collect the coats and deliver them to our Coat Drive warehouse.

You can donate a coat at one of more than 300 public collections sites, starting in November. 

Donations purchase coats for the people who need them most and help off-set transportation cost for our program.

How Did We Reach 100K Coats?

Learn about our coat donors and the people who receive our coats.

 New York Cares Coat Drive People with Coats