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New York Cares Coat Drive

What if you couldn't get to work, pick up your prescriptions from the pharmacy, or send your child to school this winter? All because you didn't have a decent coat to wear. This is the reality for many New Yorkers right now.

For the last 31 years, New York Cares has channeled the generosity of our city into our annual Coat Drive. Last year we distributed our two millionth coat, and this year our goal is to collect 100,000 new or gently used coats for social service agencies, public schools, transitional housing shelters, and more.

Gift of warmth this season by supporting the Coat Drive in one of the following ways.

Start a Coat Collection

Now is the time to mobilize your friends, family, and coworkers to start your own coat collection. All it takes is a poster and a box prominently placed at your office, church, or apartment building to help make sure someone's winter is a little bit warmer. Register today!

Other Acts of Warmth

  • Donate Coats: Have one or two coats? Donate them at one of our public drop-off locations or at our warehouse
  • Purchase Coats: Every $20 buys a brand-new coat for a New Yorker in need. Check out our donation page or text COAT to 474747!


Request Winter Coats

If you represent a nonprofit or school hoping to receive coats from this year's Coat Drive click below to review eligibility and apply.

If you need a coat or know someone in need of a coat, see a list of our walk-in distribution sites

Friends of the Coat Drive

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2019 Sponsors

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