Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota

Coats for Kids

The Salvation Army Coats for Kids program has been keeping Twin Cities children warm for 30 years. The 2015 coat drive is Oct. 5 – 18, but you can help right now when you give online to buy new coats. A donation of just $15 helps buy a winter coat for a kid in need. All donations will be matched by Alerus Mortgage, up to $30,000.

During our coat drive in October, collection bins for gently used coats and winter gear will be available across the Twin Cities metro.

Give a Coat

Please take new or clean, gently-used coats and winter accessories (mittens, gloves, hats, snow boots, snow pants, etc.) to one of our following Coats for Kids partners from Oct. 5 – 18:

Don’t have a coat to donate? You can also give online to help buy new coats. A $15 donation covers the cost of a warm winter coat for a kid in need.

Get Help

Our coat distribution sites in the Twin Cities will be open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 29 starting at 10 a.m. Coats will be given out until 6 p.m. or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.

There is no pre-registration for the event, but you will need to come to the distribution site which serves your local area, based on your address (find a location near you). Our community partner United Way can help you determine which of the eleven coat distribution sites you should attend when you call 211 (from a landline) or 651-291-0211 (from a mobile phone).

Families who fulfill the following eligibility requirements are helped on a first-come, first-serve basis:

  • Dependent children must be ages 0-17
  • Bring a photo ID
  • Bring a current piece of mail confirming your ZIP code
  • Bring one form of ID for each child – copies accepted (medical card, social security card, birth certificate, school ID, passport, etc.)

Parents shop for a coat and winter accessories for each child. Children should not accompany parents to the distribution. Call the Coats for Kids Hotline at 651-746-3412 for more information.


You can be the one to help put coats in the hands of those who need them most. We have a variety of ways for volunteers to help – from answering phones at a phonebank to sorting donations or helping parents find coats for their kids. Click the links below to learn more about each opportunity.

Host a Coat Drive

Are you part of a local businesses, civic organization or church group interested in organizing a coat drive?

We have electronic copies of Coats for Kids posters you can use to advertise your collection, and we are happy to arrange pick up for drives that bring in more than 100 coats. For smaller collections, we ask that donations be dropped off at our divisional headquarters, 2445 Prior Ave. N. in Roseville, Minn.

Please contact Twin Cities Coats for Kids Manager Krystle Englund at 651-746-3591 for details on hosting a drive.

About Coats for Kids

The Salvation Army Coats for Kids program has been keeping Twin Cities children warm for 30 years. In that time, donors have provided nearly 325,000 coats and winter accessories to local families in need. The annual Twin Cities coat drive is held in early October. After donations of new and gently used coats are collected, families are invited to our centers to select items to help keep their children warm through the winter.

Thank you to our 2015 partners: Alerus Mortgage, Cub Foods, Kowalski’s Markets and 5 Eyewitness News.