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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.

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.