2014 Coat Distribution Date:
Saturday, December 6
2014 Collection Dates:
8:00am to 12:00pm
KARM Stores Clearance Center
4302 Asheville Highway (in Holston Center)
Please click here for directions
Numerous volunteer opportunities before, during and after Coats for the Cold are available. Learn more and sign up HERE.
Would your business, school or church like to help collect coats? Simply download the Coats for the Cold flyer and place on a box at your location. Please deliver any coats you collect to a KARM Store or Prestige Cleaners location before November 29. They will be cleaned and added to the coats available for distribution on December 6.
Coats for the Cold History
Coats for the Cold has been a Knoxville tradition for over 25 years. It was begun by WIVK-FM when a news story reported that a homeless man froze 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 in partnership with WIVK-FM and WVLT-TV, who help broadcast the message each year, Prestige Cleaners who picks up, cleans and delivers all the donated coats to the tent, and especially KARM Stores, who manage all storage and distribution of the coats. In 2013 East Tennessee donated nearly 11,000 coats to keep those in need warm.