Coats for the Cold


Coats are free for all who come.

Coats for the Cold is an annual community drive to collect thousands of coats for those in need in our community.


2015 Coat Distribution Date:
Saturday, December 5

2015 Collection Dates:
November 2-24


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 (at Holston Shopping Center)
Please click here for directions

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Volunteers Opportunities: There are many, many ways to volunteer for Coats for the Cold!  Each donated coat must be sorted by gender and size prior December 5th. On the day of distribution, personal shoppers are needed to escort those looking for a coat. And help is needed cleaning up and packing any remaining coats to be shared with community partners.

Other Business and Organization Participation?
Would your business, school or church like to help collect coats?  Simply download and print the 2015 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 before November 25.  They will be cleaned and added to the coats available for distribution on December 5.

Coats for the Cold Poster 2015- 8.5 x 11″
Coats for the Cold Poster 2015 – 8.5 x 14″
Coats for the Cold Poster 2015 – 11 x 17″

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-FTwogirls,pinkhatM 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.