Coats for the Cold is an annual coat drive to collect thousands of coats for those in need in our area. Head to your local KARM Store location to donate.
The community is invited to donate used men’s, women’s and children’s coats at any KARM Stores location or any Prestige Cleaners location during designated coat drive weeks each fall. Those in need of a coat are encouraged to contact local service agencies or churches to receive a coat voucher, then shop at any KARM Stores location with the voucher during the coat distribution dates listed below.
COATS FOR THE COLD 2019 DATES AND INFO
Coat Collection Dates: Monday, October 14th — Saturday, November 9th
Drop off at any KARM Stores or Prestige Cleaners location in the provided carts.
Coat Distribution Dates: Monday, November 11th — Saturday, December 7th
Bring a coat voucher to any KARM Stores location to select a coat.
Coats for the Cold History
Coats for the Cold has been a Knoxville tradition for more than 30 years. WIVK-FM started this coat drive when a news story reported that a homeless man had frozen to death on the streets of Knoxville one cold winter night. Since then, Coats for the Cold strikes a powerful chord each year within the volunteer spirit of East Tennessee. Knox Area Rescue Ministries now spearheads the coat drive each year in partnership with WIVK-FM and WVLT-TV, who help broadcast the message; Prestige Cleaners, who acts as an additional collection site and cleans as many coats as possible; and especially with KARM Stores, who manage all storage and distribution of the coats. In 2018 East Tennessee donated more than 6,750 coats to keep those in need warm.