Coats for the Cold

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Thank you to all who contributed to Coats for the Cold 2014!  With your help, over 11,000 coats were distributed to those in need in our community.

2015 Coat Distribution Date:
Saturday, December 5

2015 Collection Dates:
November 2-20

Collection Sites:
Any KARM Stores or Prestige Cleaners location

Distribution Hours:
8:00am to 12:00pm

Distribution Location:
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 each year.  Check back soon for 2015.

Would your business, school or church like to help collect coats?  Simply download the Coats for the Cold flyer for 2015 when it becomes available and place on a box at your location.  Please deliver any coats you collect to a KARM Store or Prestige Cleaners location before November 20.  They will be cleaned and added to the coats available for distribution on December 5.

Coats for the Cold Flyer 2015

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.