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'Coats for Kids' registration fills up in days

Registration for this year's event was full in less than a week.

INDIANAPOLIS — UPDATE: Registration for this year's Coats for Kids event filled up in less than a week.

Coat donations will still be accepted at all Classic Cleaners locations through Oct. 8.

Families who did get registered should have received a timed ticket to shop at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 16.


WTHR's Coats for Kids is now less than one month away, and families in need of winter coats can now register online.

Registration for the Oct. 16 event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds opened online Monday, Sept. 27.

RELATED: 'Coats for Kids' returns in 2021 to help keep central Indiana children warm

This year's event will mark the return of in-person shopping. In order to maintain social distancing and eliminate lines, parents are required to register online.

Registered families will be provided timed tickets to shop at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion in periods between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Salvation Army anticipates serving around 2,500 children at the annual event, and parents are urged to register their children early before space runs out.

Click here to register.

This program is for children 0-17 (18 if your child is still in school). Your child must be present in order to receive a coat.

Donations of gently used kids coats, sized infant to teen, are being accepted at any Classic Cleaners location through Oct. 8, 2021.

Click here to find your nearest Classic Cleaners location.

People can also donate online to Coats for Kids this year in the following ways:

  • Visiting SalvationArmyIndiana.org/coats-for-kids and clicking the red "Donate to Coats for Kids" button.
  • Texting the word HOOSIER to 24365 to receive the link for the Online Coat Shop.
  • Scanning the QR code on register display cards at each Classic Cleaners location.

Volunteers are still needed for Coats for Kids set-up week (October 11-15) and distribution day (October 16). This is a great opportunity for corporate groups, churches, and service clubs to give back before the busy holiday season. Visit SalvationArmyIndiana.org/Volunteer to get involved.

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