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Coat Drive FAQ

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

If you're interested in running your own coat drive with friends, family or colleagues, you'll be able to register your drive on our website starting October 11th, and we'll send you all the promotional tools you'll need to collect tons of coats. Or you give today by texting COAT to 41444. Just $20 buys a coat for a New Yorker in need. As for our public coat drop-off sites and Coat Drive warehouse, those will be open on November 15th.

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?

Drop-off locations won't open until the drive officially starts on November 15th. Stay tuned for our handy coat drive map where you can easily search for the locations nearest you.

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

First off, if you'd like, you can ship a brand new coat directly to a New Yorker in need by just texting COAT to 41444. You can do that anytime and all year round.

Secondly, 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.

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 to struggling New Yorkers. We also work hard to match the appropriate coats with our partners' clientele, providing a sufficient proportion of mens, women's, and children's coats in the right sizes to the agencies we are working with.

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. We'll have downloadable receipts for you in October. 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 in mid-October.

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

We have walk-in sites throughout the city. In November, we will post the locations and hours of these sites where you can go to pick up a coat.


Still have questions?

Check out our Contact Us page.