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Coat Drive FAQ

When does the New York Cares Coat Drive begin and end?

The Coat Drive officially launches on November 17th and runs until December 31st. Once the Coat Drive has begun, you will be able to find more information here.

I have some coats I want to donate. Where can I drop them off?

You can drop your coats off at any of these locations through October 31st. Starting November 17th, you can drop your coats off at any of our public collection sites.

Where do these coats go?

New York Cares works hand-in-hand with a wide variety of Community Partners in New York City to make sure coats are distributed as quickly as possible.

Our Community Partners include nonprofit social service agencies, churches, schools, and shelters, all of which serve some of our city's most in-need populations.

Does New York Cares need other clothing items besides coats?

New York Cares can only collect clean, gently used jackets, and coats. You can direct other clothing items, such as sweaters, hats, and gloves, to organizations with the capacity to distribute them to those in need. A list of organizations can be found here.

Is my donation tax-deductible? And can I get a receipt?

Yes and yes! The value of any coat you donate to the Coat Drive is tax deductible, and you can download a receipt here. Please note: New York Cares does not appraise coats. Values are assigned by the donor up to a maximum of $5,000.

How can my organization apply to receive coats?

Applications for the Coat Drive will be available online on October 21st. 

What if I need a coat or know someone who needs a coat?

Starting December 1st, individuals can receive a coat at one of our walk-in sites. We do not have coats available to individuals prior to December 1st.


I don’t really have any spare coats, but I’d love to help! What can I do?

Collecting coats is only half the work. Coats need to be counted and sorted into categories before they can be distributed to agencies throughout the city.

Volunteers are needed to help sort coats at the New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse starting in late November. These projects will be posted on our website and can be found through our Search Projects page.

Also, in addition to coats and volunteer service, the Coat Drive also requires financial support to run. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, just click "DONATE NOW" at the top of the page.

Do I really need to fill out a Volunteer Information Form to sign up to collect coats?

No. As long as you have an account on our website, you don't need to fill out the Volunteer Information Form, which requests emergency contact information, references, and legal information. If you see your name in the upper-right corner of the website, you're all set to register.

I have a Coat Drive Team. What do I do about getting a box to use to hold the coats?

While New York Cares is able to provide our teams with posters for your collection, we unfortunately cannot provide boxes to all Coat Drive teams. We recommend checking in with your local grocery or drugstore, which often have many extra boxes that they're glad to give away. If this option doesn't work for you, cardboard boxes can be purchased for a variety of companies including shipping supply companies or hardware stores.

Still have questions?

Check out our Contact Us page.