Coats for the Cold


Coats for the Cold is an annual coat drive to collect thousands of coats for those in need in our area. The community is invited to donate used men’s, women’s and children’s coats of all kinds and sizes at any KARM Stores location or any Prestige Cleaners location.  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 between November 14 – December 10.

2016 Coat Donation Collection Dates:
October 17 – November 12

Please take gently used coats to the donations sites during these dates.


Coat Donation Collection Sites:
Any KARM Stores or Prestige Cleaners location


2016 Coat Distribution Dates:
November 14 – December 10

Please contact local churches or service providers to receive a coat voucher and shop at any KARM Stores location during these dates.

Distribution Locations and Hours:
All KARM Stores during regular store business hours Monday through Saturday
See KARM Stores locations HERE 

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2016 Coats for the Cold Volunteer Opportunities:

There are many, many ways to volunteer for Coats for the Cold!  Each donated coat must be sorted by gender and size prior to November 14 at all KARM Stores, plus helping them stay organized from November 17 to December 10.  Select a location, date and time for you to be a part of this community-wide endeavor.

Other Business and Organization Participation?
Would your business, school or church like to help collect coats?  Simply download and print the 2016 Coats for the Cold poster in your preferred size below and place on a box at your location.
 Please deliver any coats you collect to a KARM Stores or Prestige Cleaners location from October 17 – November 12.  Your coats will be added to the coats available for selection by those in need with coat vouchers at any KARM Store from November 14-December 10.

Download 2016 Coats for the Cold Posters:
Coats for the Cold Poster 2016- 8.5 x 11″
Coats for the Cold Poster 2016 – 8.5 x 14″
Coats for the Cold Poster 2016 – 11 x 17″

Coats for the Cold History

Coats for the Cold has been a Knoxville tradition for over 26 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-F
M and WVLT-TV, who help broadcast the message each year, Prestige Cleaners who acts as an additional collection site and cleans as many coats as possible, and especially KARM Stores, who manage all storage and distribution of the coats.  In 2015 East Tennessee donated nearly 11,000 coats tKTS-Logos-03o keep those in need warm.WIVK NEW_2012

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