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Donate a coat to a child in need

WKYC Studios is a media sponsor for Coats for Kids.

CLEVELAND — It is that time of year again when the temperature falls, snow covers our streets and we all reach for our winter coats before heading out the door. But for many children in Northeast Ohio this time of year is also a time of need. And that need is winter coats.

And for 40 years, Coats for Kids has been trying to meet that need. The campaign collects new and gently used winter coats in all sizes, infant to adult. From now through the end of the year, there will be collection bins placed at major shopping malls in Northeast Ohio, where you can donate coats.

Locations include:

  • Crocker Park, Eton, Great Lakes, Great Northern, Legacy Village, Midway & South Park Malls
  • Howard Hanna Real Estate offices
  • Petitti Garden Centers and more

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In addition to donating a coat at a shopping mall, you can also buy a paper coat for just $1 at the checkout area of Discount Drug Mart locations between Nov. 2-30. When you donate to the Coats For Kids campaign you will receive a coupon for $1 off Energizer batteries.

Another way to contribute to the drive this holiday season is by visiting the Magic of Lights at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The Magic of Lights runs from Nov. 24-Jan. 2, and every Thursday is Coats for Kids Day. A portion of all carload tickets used on Coats for Kids Day will benefit the campaign.

Chick-fil-A restaurants are also stepping in to help by selling Cookies for a Cause/Cookies for Coats for Kids from Nov. 15 through Dec. 11. Proceeds from every individual cookie and cookie six-pack sold will directly benefit Coats for Kids.

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Or you can visit a Northeast Ohio Mr. Hero location between now and April 2022 and drop your spare change in the collection container at the register. All donations go directly to Coats for Kids.

There is also a collection barrel at the front door of WKYC Studios at 1333 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland.

For the latest information on the 2021 Coats for Kids campaign, visit coatsforkidscleveland.org