In 1981, local radio station employees became aware of a large number of children missing school in the winter because they did not have warm coats. That November, Coats for Kids – Cleveland was founded when the radio station began soliciting donations of new or like-new winter coats, according to Coats for Kids – Cleveland.

That first campaign filled the studio, and subsequent campaigns brought in even more coats, along with monetary donations used to purchase new coats.

This year, WKYC and Discount Drug Mart are proud sponsors of the campaign. The campaign continues in most NE Ohio counties, including Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina.

Coats for Kids - Cleveland conducts an annual collection campaign of new and like-new winter coats in all sizes – infant to adult. Each year, from November thru early January, collection bins are in place at area malls, other local businesses accept coat donations, and area organizations conduct coat collection campaigns.

List of donation locations across Northeast Ohio

Make a monetary donation

The need to keep area children warm, however, is still great. Coat and monetary donations are always needed and, without your ongoing support, Coats for Kids would not exist.