You can donate to the New York Cares Coat Drive. Homeless shelters, community organizations, and groups assisting people in need will distribute the coats.

Due to COVID-19, New York Cares is encouraging participants to take their collections online this year and donate towards the cost of purchasing a new coat. Every $25 provides a coat and 10 meals for a New Yorker in need.

Learn more about the New York Cares Coat Drive.

Donate to the New York Cares Coat Drive.

You can donate new or gently used coats directly to community partners.

Before donating used coats, you must follow these guidelines:

  • Wash coats in soap and water or dry clean at the highest temperature possible without damaging the coat
  • Store coats in a dark plastic bag or box to reduce contact
  • Call ahead before visiting a location

Use the online Coat Drive Map to find partners near you accepting donations, the kinds of coats they need, and contact information.

If you are in need of a coat, you can visit a community partner receiving new coats directly from New York Cares. No ID or vouchers are required.

View the list of community partners.

You can also review the list of walk-in sites on the Coat Drive Map. Participating walk-in sites will have "Walk In Site? Yes" listed in the site details.

These locations have committed to giving out coats to anyone who walks in. You should call ahead to make sure they have the size and type of coat you need.

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