*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.