Coats for Kids collection at Indianapolis Colts game
For 26 years, Bob Gregory's Coats for Kids campaign has been providing free winter coats to children in need in Central Indiana. This is WTHR's longest-running community service campaign.
Channel 13 has joined forces again with Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army this fall to collect new or gently-used coats for children in need from Labor Day through October 15th. If you have a winter coat that your child has outgrown, please donate it to Coats for Kids at any Tuchman Cleaners locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. We need heavy winter coats of all sizes – coats for little babies and all the way through the teen years. If you would like to make a monetary donation to Coats for Kids, click here. You can also mail a check to the Salvation Army (*be sure to put "Coats for Kids" on the memo line) at 3100 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.
Sunday, WTHR personalities collected coats outside Lucas Oil Stadium before the Colts vs. Packers game. More than 9-thousand coats, mittens, hats, and scarves were given out to children in need.
Tuchman Cleaners will clean all of the gently-used coats and the Salvation Army will transport them to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where they will sort and prepare them for distribution.
This year, the Coats for Kids distribution will take place on Saturday, October 20th from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Agricultural/Horticultural Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Any child who needs a coat will receive one that day. There is only one requirement: an adult must accompany all children and there is a limit of one coat per child. Bilingual (Spanish) volunteers will also be on site to assist non-English speaking families.
Coats for Kids needs volunteers to help with the sorting and distributing process. If you, your family, organization, church, or school would like to help, sign up online at the Salvation Army web site,www.salvationarmyindiana.org, or call the Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator at (317) 224-1010.