Knox Area Rescue Ministries Coats for the Cold


Drop off and distribution dates have been announced for Coats for the Cold, an annual community drive to collect thousands of coats for those in need in our community. If you have winter coats you are no longer using consider donating them during November or  consider volunteering to help distribute coats! Also, if you or anyone you know is in need of a warm coat this year pass this info along.

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-FM 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.

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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