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About the Coat Drive

How the Coat Drive Works

*Numbers reported from 2016 New York Cares Coat Drive

What is the Coat Drive

The Coat Drive is a city-wide effort run by New York Cares which aims to collect over 100,000 coats each year and distribute them to New Yorkers who need them most in the colder months. The Coat Drive has been running for 30 years and this year will proudly deliver its 2 millionth coat.

When does the Coat Drive begin and end

The 30th Annual Coat Drive officially launches on Tuesday, November 13 and runs through December 31. Although, as a collection, you can begin collecting coats much earlier. Most drop-off locations will begin accepting your coat donations in mid-November.

What does New York Cares do with the coats?

New York Cares works hand-in-hand with a wide variety of Community Partners across New York City to make sure donated coats are distributed to New Yorkers who need them as quickly as possible. Our Community Partners include nonprofit social service agencies, public schools, religious institutions, and transitional housing shelters - all of which serve some of our city's most vulnerable populations.


There are so many ways to ensure a successful Coat Drive. Spread the word, register as a coat collection, donate financially - or all three!

  • Spread the word: Tweet, share, post about the Coat Drive and encourage your networks to get involved, using .
  • Register as a Coat Collection: Lead the charge and recruit friends, family, colleagues, or neighbors to donate coats to your collection. Register here.
  • Donate to the cause: Text COAT to 41444 or make an online gift to customize your donation. Just $20 buys a new coat for a neighbor in need.