Coats for the Cold

Coats are free for all who come.

2013 Coat Distribution Date:
Saturday, December 7

2013 Collection Dates:
November 4-26

Collection Sites:
Any KARM Stores or Prestige Cleaners location

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

Distribution Location:
KARM Stores at 733 N. Hall of Fame Dr.  (former Motor Products Bldg.)

Take Broadway exit off I-40 east or west.  Turn from exit toward downtown.  KARM Stores is one block south on Hall of Fame Dr.   Parking will be available with area businesses around the KARM Stores location.

Volunteers:
Click here for volunteer opportunities with Coats for the Cold 2013.

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 2012 East Tennessee donated nearly 11,000 coats to keep those in need warm.