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New York Cares Coat Drive

If there was ever a time to spread a message of warmth across our city, it’s now. 

The 2020 Coat Drive is Here

Now more than ever, New Yorkers are counting on acts of warmth from their neighbors to make it through the holiday season. Not since the Great Depression have so many people experienced hunger, unemployment, and illness. Basic needs like food and warm clothing compete with one another as families and individuals face cruel choices.  

At New York Cares, we believe:

  • No one should have to skip a meal to buy a winter coat.
  • No parent should be forced to choose between buying school supplies and staying warm. 
  • No essential worker should commute without a warm coat on their back. 


Because of your generosity, we are partnering with community organizations in Central Queens, East Brooklyn, and the South Bronx. We’ll deliver new, high-quality coats to residents of areas most impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic instability. 

For answers to frequently asked questions and to access our virtual coat collector toolkit, visit our resources page

$20 provides a coat for a New Yorker in need

In the past, your donations have helped more than two million New Yorkers receive a coat. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, community organizations and coat suppliers have stepped up to make sure we can supply more new, high-quality coats while keeping everyone healthy and safe.

When you donate $20 or more to the Coat Drive this year, your dollar goes further and ensures that brand new coats reach people who need them most. We encourage coat collectors from previous years to start their own fundraisers and recreate the experience of supporting the coat drive with friends and family virtually!


Drop off a coat

Have a new or gently used coat to donate? Use our drop-off map to find partners near you accepting donations. Learn how to prep your donation, where to go, and what kinds of coats are needed by location.

2020 Sponsors

Bank of America logo           Bloomberg Philanthropies logo            Mets Foundation Logo         


Sidley Logo            PJT Logo              The Amine Family Logo            The Ehrenkranz Family