koats for kids

Koats for Kids is a community-wide effort to provide coats for families in Dane and Jefferson Counties. For the past 35 years, this coat drive has helped area families facing financial hardships by providing them with coats and other winter gear.

Since the program’s inception in 1986, Koats for Kids has collected, cleaned and distributed 323,761 coats to those of need in Dane County! This year, we’re excited to be able to serve Jefferson county as well.

This year's goal: 10,000 coats

Coat collection will begin on September 14, 2020. Just stop by any Klinke Cleaners location in Dane County and drop off your unneeded winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens. Here’s a list of all Dane County locations.

Coat distribution will begin on October 23 in Dane County and November 4 in Jefferson County.

We’re grateful to the sponsors who make this happen: Klinke Cleaners, WISC-TV3, Magic 98, and McAllen Properties.

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School, Business, & Tax Donation Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Donations of new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and snow pants are gratefully accepted. Financial donations are welcome too!

Between September 14 and October 10, drop off any new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, and snow pants to any Klinke Cleaners in Dane County. Click here to view a list of all Dane County Klinke locations!

Yes! We made sure that volunteering this year would be as safe and easy as possible. We have multiple options for volunteers to get involved with Koats for Kids.

The application can be found here

Health and safety are the greatest priorities at this event. We have created opportunities to get involved before we open to the public, made roles that allow for extra flexibility and social distancing once we open, as well as gone above and beyond in our acquisition of protective equipment and disinfectant supplies.

Individuals who are interested should fill out our quick application, a welcome email will then be sent with scheduling information, wavers, and information about a background check.

Questions and group sign ups should be directed to Oliver Soler at olivers@cacscw.org

Yes! Event sponsors allow us to keep the lights on and the program running year to year. Please email Amber Duddy, Executive Director, to let us know you’d like to be involved as a sponsor.

COVID-19 Koats for Kids Update:

This year, our distribution process will look a little different. We want to keep everyone healthy! We will require masks, social distancing, and be simplifying our operations.