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Coat Drive FAQ and Resources

If there was ever a time to spread a message of warmth to our city, it’s now. Find out the important dates for the New York Cares Coat Drive, how to donate, special considerations in light of COVID-19, and more.

Coat Drive Resources


Frequently Asked Coat Drive Questions

What changes can I expect this year due to COVID-19?

In light of COVID-19, we are encouraging participants to take their collections online this year and donate towards the cost of purchasing a new coat. When you donate to the Coat Drive, your dollar goes farther, and your contribution makes a greater impact. Every $20 allows us to purchase and distribute a coat to a New Yorker who needs it most. Learn more.

Is my donation tax-deductible? Can I get a receipt?

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

How do I start my virtual collection?

Start by creating your own fundraiser. This will be your virtual collection box, and you can share this link with any friends and family who would like to contribute a warm coat to your collection. Every $20 donated goes directly towards purchasing a new coat for a New Yorker who needs it most.

I’ve never done a virtual fundraiser before. Is there any advice you can provide?

Yes! Our team is here to support you every step of the way as you begin your virtual collection. Start by taking a look at our Virtual Coat Collector Toolkit for tips, ideas, and templates to engage your friends and family. This Toolkit will continue to be updated over the course of the Coat Drive.

Can I start a Facebook or Instagram fundraiser?

We love Facebook and Instagram fundraisers! It is important to know that these fundraisers take around 4-6 weeks for New York Cares to receive the funds. For a more immediate impact, and to help us get coats to those who need them before it gets cold, we suggest you create your own virtual coat collection and fundraiser. We receive the funds within a few days and can use them immediately to purchase new coats.