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Jumping jackets: Oct. 25 coats distribution grows by 2,000

Added on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Roseville, Minn. – The Twin Cities Salvation Army is set to give away 7,000 coats on Thursday, Oct. 25 during its annual Coats for Kids distribution, the area’s largest public coat giveaway. That’s a 2,000-coat increase over 2011, a jump that will allow the Army to distribute coats at 10 metro area locations – four more than last year.

“The biggest jump came in our ability to purchase new coats because of all the generous financial donations,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Salvation Army Commander. “One gift was an online donation of $10,000. Of course every gift helped us to purchase well over 1,000 new coats.” The Salvation Army works with a nonprofit that sells coats at a special price of $15 each.

The coats and other winter items will be distributed, while supplies last, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. at Salvation Army service centers in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids and Maplewood, plus Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan and the Buffalo Community Center in Buffalo. For a detailed list of sites and eligibility requirements, go to or call the United Way at 651-291-0211. Families in need of coats are advised to come early.

Donations of new or gently used coats are still being accepted until Thursday at all of the distribution sites. Monetary gifts can be made online or by texting COATS to 80888 for a $10 donation to Coats for Kids, payable on your phone bill (see terms at

Coats for Kids is a joint effort between The Salvation Army, 5 Eyewitness News and KS95 FM. Additional sponsors include Cub Foods, Kowalski’s Markets, AmeriPride Services, Clean ’n’ Press, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and Becker Furniture World.

About The Salvation Army

The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves more than 288,000 people a year through its 25 local centers of operation. Daily it serves 2,500 hot meals and shelters 970 people. More than 33,000 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities or click on “Donate” in the main menu to make an online donation.