Photo from 2012 Coats For Kids. See more photos here.

Photo from 2012 Coats For Kids. See more photos here.

As we kick off fall and all the things that come with it like football and apple cider, we need to prepare for the cooler temperatures that lead into winter. Each year, The Salvation Army partners with the community and kicks off the annual Coats For Kids Campaign.

For the last 27 years, the Coats for Kids campaign has kept thousands of Central Indiana children warm during the coldest of months. The event is a huge partnership between WTHR, The Salvation Army, Tuchman Cleaners and of course, Weather Director Emeritus for WTHR Channel 13 and Coats for Kids spokesman Bob Gregory.

Labor Day through October 14, Coats for Kids will collect new and gently used winter jackets for children. All sizes, baby through 18 years, are needed. Coats can be taken to any Indianapolis-area Tuchman Cleaners. Tuchman will clean any of the gently used coats. If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation, you can at the online coat shop or by sending a check to The Salvation Army: 3100 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. (Don’t forget to write Coats for Kids on the memo line!)

Important Coats for Kids Dates:

Colts special collection day: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before Colts game on Sunday, October 6 at the main gates to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Coats for Kids Distribution: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19 in the Agricultural/Horticultural Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a limit of one coat per child.

Coats for Kids needs volunteers to help with the sorting and distributing process. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer (or your church, organization, co-workers, sports team, fraternity…) please check our volunteer page and sign up today!