Coats 2015
The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, and the leaves more brightly hued with each passing week. Autumn has arrived, but with it comes new challenges for Hoosier families. The start of the school year can be costly, with school supplies, new shoes, clothing for growing kids, and hefty book rental fees. Parents who struggle with back-to-school expenses are often left without the funds necessary to buy their children new winter gear, like snow boots, hats, gloves and warm coats.

With this pressing need in mind, Salvation Army locations across Indiana spend the early days of autumn collecting cold weather gear for the children in their communities. The Salvation Army often partners with local businesses to place collection bins around town and local media outlets to help promote both donations and distribution. Last year, The Salvation Army provided Indiana children with almost 19,000 warm coats, hats, mittens and gloves to keep them cozy through the long winter.

Coats 2015 bIn central Indiana, 2015 marks the 29th year of Coats for Kids, a partnership with WTHR and Tuchman Cleaners. In just a few days, over 4,000 children will visit the Indiana State Fairgrounds with their families to “shop” for the perfect coat, hat and gloves. While most of the new and gently used coats are donated by individuals or collected by local churches and businesses, many are purchased using cash and online donations. One family of donors purchases thousands of gloves and hats each year as a way to give back to this beloved community program.

From Fort Wayne to Evansville and Lafayette to Shelbyville, Salvation Army Corps Community Centers are currently hard at work collecting coats of all sizes – from the tiniest newborn snowsuits to adult sizes for teens. While a warm coat may seem to the donor like a small gift, for the girl or boy who chooses it on distribution day, that coat means so much more. It means a comfortable walk to school, even on the coldest of days. It means fewer sick days and more time in the classroom this winter. It means a young man or woman can feel confident and prepared, and reminds them that they live in a caring community that values its youth and the future they represent.

Yes, a giving a coat is a small thing, but the giver becomes part of something much bigger than a single coat. They are helping to warm hearts and pave the way to a better future for the next generation.

Help The Salvation Army in your community do the most good by participating in coat drives this fall. Here are a few communities around the state that are holding drives right now:

Coats 2015 cBLOOMINGTON, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Collecting winter gear, including coats, hats, scarves, gloves and snowpants
  • Donations accepted Sept. 25 – Oct. 23 at SPIRIT 95, MY JOY RADIO STATIONS, Anytime Fitness, Big O Tires (Bedford), CFC Properties, Chicago’s Pizza, Ellettsville First Baptist, Faith Lutheran Church, Furniture Exchange, God is Sew Good, Henderson Orthodonics, Interstate All-Battery, IU Credit Union (all locations), Long’s Landing Furniture, State Farm Agent Ken Stone, Technology powered by Smithville, and United States Postal Service locations.
  • Distribution is Oct. 26-30 at The Salvation Army at Corps Community Center 111 N. Rogers Street

COLUMBUS, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Collecting winter gear at First Christian Church, CCC Church and The Salvation Army Columbus Corps at 2525 Illinois Avenue


  • Collecting winter coats in infant through teen sizes
  • Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Evansville Corps at 1040 N. Fulton Avenue or any Don’s Cleaners in the Evansville area
  • Collections kick off October 13, 2015 and program ends January 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Collecting coats, hats, mittens and gloves in sizes infant to adult
  • Donation bins at 25 central Indiana Tuchman Cleaners locations through October 9 and at The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters at 3100 N. Meridian Street
  • Partnering with WTHR, Tuchman Cleaners and Two Men and a Truck
  • Distribution is Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds beginning at 8:00am

KOKOMO, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Collecting coats, hats, mittens and gloves in sizes infant to adult
  • Donations can be brought to The Salvation Army at 1101 S. Waugh
  • Taking applications for coats during first week of November in conjunction with the Early Bird Christmas sign ups at The Crossing, on the corner of West North Street and North Webster Street. Applications will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays at The Salvation Army office during the months of November and December.
  • Applicants will receive one voucher per coat they wish to receive for their children. Vouchers will be taken to The Salvation Army Thrift Store where donated coats will be in a special section not to be sold to the public.

LAFAYETTE, IN: Coats for Kids / Winter Warm-Up

LOGANSPORT, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Collecting winter gear like new and gently used coats, hats, scarves, mittens and boots
  • Donation bins at various locations across Cass County and at The Salvation Army Logansport Corps at 615 Heath Street
  • Partner with Church Women United
  • Distribution is at The Salvation Army on Saturday, October 17, 2015 beginning at 9:00am; children must be present to select a coat

MARION, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Café Valley Bakery is collecting coats, scarves, mittens, gloves and hats through Oct. 9

Coats 2015 aSHELBYVILLE, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Collecting coats, gloves, hats and scarves through October 29
  • Donation bins at The Salvation Army Shelbyville Corps at 136 E. Washington Street
  • Sign-ups to receive a coat are at The Salvation Army on Oct. 19, 21 & 23 9:30am-Noon or Oct. 20 & 22 1-3:30pm

VINCENNES, IN: Coats for Kids

  • Collecting kids winter gear and coats at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center at 2300 N. Second Street
  • Radio coat drive on WZDM radion on Wednesday October 28 starting at 5:30am
  • Distribution begins on October 26 during Christmas Assistance application at Corps

The Salvation Army is also collecting coats in the following communities. Visit our “Locations” page to contact The Salvation Army nearest to you and find out how you can donate or benefit from its local coat collection.