The 27th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive
November 7th 2022 - January 8th 2023
For the past 26 years, The Jersey Cares Coat Drive has mobilized the collection and distribution of thousands of "gently used" winter coats to men, women, children, and infants in need. Last year, Jersey Cares collected more than 20,000 coats throughout the state of New Jersey. Companies, churches, police stations, schools and other organizations collect coats throughout the drive and deliver them to a central location, where volunteers then organize the donated coats and package them for pick-up. Our approved nonprofit partners then pick-up and distribute the coats to people in need.
Register to Donate Coats
By registering as a collection site, you offer all your neighbors and community members a convenient location to donate their coats and ensure that more coats make it to those in need. You can establish a private or public collection site during the whole coat drive or for a shorter period (i.e., two months, two weeks, a few days, etc.). Being a “public” collection site simply means that we will post your address and hours on our website so that anyone in your area looking for a place to donate a coat can bring their coats to you!
Once you submit your collection site form, you will receive an automated email that includes a flyer, site instructions, a donation tax receipt, and links to your local drop off locations.
Please note that collection boxes are not provided and all collection sites are required to deliver their coats directly to their local container site – we are not able to provide individual pick-ups due to the size of this program.
** Please note that we only accept new and/or gently used coats and discourage donating stained or dirty coats. **
Please DO NOT donate hats, gloves, scarves, or any other clothing items.
To register as a collection site please click HERE.
Coats may be dropped off between Monday, November 7th, 2022 - Sunday, January 8th, 2023 at public collection sites across the state.
- If you have less than 10 coats to donate, please click HERE find your closest collection site.
- If you have more than 10 coats to donate, please click HERE to find your closest container site. If you are a registered collection site, please check your email for the lock combination or call the Jersey Cares Office prior to arrival at (973) 533-1993.
Having trouble opening/closing your container? Please watch this YouTube video for assistance.
Due to the size of this drive, Jersey Cares cannot pick up coats and
coats are not accepted at the Jersey Cares office.
Volunteer to Sort Coats
Volunteers age 14+ will be needed to sort donated coats throughout the drive.
Purchase Coats Online
Don't have a coat to donate, but want to help keep New Jersey warm? Please click HERE to purchase and donate a coat virtually.
If you would like to start your own custom virtual Coat Drive, please click HERE and follow the steps to begin.
SWAG AND SUPPORT
Head over to our online store to make a donation supporting your New Jersey neighbors and receive a Coat Drive long sleeve shirt or hat as a thank you!
To make a donation and check out other Jersey Cares accessories, please click HERE.
Register to Receive Coats
Registration is now closed for nonprofit partners as we are at capacity for requests.
As an agency recipient you may receive new and/or gently used coats. Please be advised that donations cannot be guaranteed and distribution operates on a first-come, first-served basis. We rely heavily on the participation of collection sites, therefore we cannot guarantee the number of coats requested will be filled.
**Please be advised that only registered 501c3 organizations, government agencies, or public schools from New Jersey will be considered for donations**
Once the deadline approaches, agencies will be called or e-mailed if orders become available for pick-up. Pick-ups operate by appointment only. We appreciate your patience during the donation sorting process.
Non-Profit Partners Pick-Up Instructions:
Jersey Cares will be distributing coats on Thursday, January 19th, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. By registering to receive coats for your organization, you must be available and have the necessary vehicle(s) during this date and time to pick up your coats. If coats become available prior to this date, you will be contacted by a Jersey Cares staff member to schedule a pick-up.
Questions? Please call us at 973-533-1993 or email us at email@example.com.