For the past 23 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.
Registration for this year's Coat Drive will open on November 2, 2020.
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, Jersey Cares will email you a Collection Site Kit that includes posters, site instructions, a donation tax receipt, and directions to your nearest drop off location.
Please note that 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 refrain from donating stained or dirty coats. **
Please DO NOT donate hats, gloves, scarves, or any other clothing items.
Coats may be dropped off between Monday, November 2nd, 2020 - Sunday, January 10th, 2021 at public collection sites across the state.
If you have less than 10 coats to donate, please find your closest collection site HERE.
If you have more than 10 coats to donate, please find your closest container site HERE. Please call the Jersey Cares Office prior to arrival at (973) 533-1993 for the lock combination.
Due to the size of this drive, Jersey Cares cannot pick up coats and coats are not accepted at the Jersey Cares office.
Missed our deadline but still want to donate? Click HERE to see where coats are still being accepted.
Host an Online Drive
Our YouGiveGoods Drive will reopen November 2020.
You can also run your coat drive online for free! To set up your online drive page with our partners at YouGiveGoods, please click HERE to begin customizing your donation page.
Register to Receive Coats
Registration for The 25th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive will open October 1, 2020.
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 government and 501c3 organizations 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.
To register your agency to receive coats click HERE.
Jersey Cares will be distributing coats on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 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 or concerns? Please contact Meagan Mulligan at (973) 533-1993.