|Coats for the Cold|
Coats for the Cold 2012
Coats are free for all who come. No forms or papers needed.
Collection Dates: November 1-16
Distribution Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Distribution Hours: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Distribution Location: Karm Thrift Store, 733 Hall of Fame Dr. (former Motor Products Bldg.)
Directions: Take Broadway exit off I-40 east or west. Turn from exit toward downtown. KARM Thrift Store is one block south on Hall of Fame Dr. Parking will be available with area businesses around the KARM Thrift Store.
Volunteers: Many volunteer opportunities are available and will continue to be added, so please check back.
Coats for the Cold History
Coats for the Cold has been a Knoxville tradition for over 25 years. It was begun by WIVK-FM when a news story reported that a homeless man froze to death on the streets of Knoxville one cold winter night. Since then, Coats for the Cold strikes a powerful chord each year within the volunteer spirit of East Tennessee. Knox Area Rescue Ministries now spearheads the coat drive in partnership with WIVK-FM and WVLT-TV, who help broadcast the message each year, Prestige Cleaners who picks up, cleans and delivers all the donated coats to the tent, and especially the KARM Thrift Stores, who manage all storage and distribution of the coats. In 2011 East Tennessee donated nearly 8,000 coats to keep those in need warm.