NYC coat drives

Where to donate your old outerwear and protect those in need from the cold.

Barbour Annual Coat Drive
For the third consecutive year, British heritage label Barbour has partnered with One Warm Coat (, a national nonprofit that provides jackets to the needy, to host coat drives at both of its NYC locations. The Soho drive supports LBGTQ youth organization Hetrick-Martin Institute (, while the Upper East Side benefits the Bowery Residents' Committee (, a group that assists NYC's homeless to rebuild their lives through support communities and medical and mental-health treatments. Barbour is accepting any previously worn, functioning coat for men or women. As a thank-you, the store is offering those who drop off jackets $50 off a new one from the current collection. 1047 Madison Ave at 80th St (212-570-2600) * 123 Wooster St at Prince St (212-941-7524) * Thu 1--Dec 31.

Coats for Cubs at Buffalo Exchange
Since 2006, this popular thrift-shop chain has hosted a conscientious coat drive, asking people to dig in their closets for used real-fur jackets, accessories and apparel in any condition, and to donate them at any of Buffalo Exchange's 41 nationwide locations. The drive, which begins on Black Friday and runs through Earth Day, gives all of the discarded furs to wildlife rehabilitators such as Wild Things Sanctuary ( and South Shore Animal Hospital (, who use them to make bedding for orphaned and injured animals. 504 Driggs Ave at North 9th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6901) * 332 E 11th St between First and Second Aves (212-260-9340) * 114 W 26th St at Sixth Ave (212-675-3535) * Thu 1--Apr 22.

House of Vans Coat Drive
This private warehouse event space is normally used for R.S.V.P.-only concerts, art shows and skateboard lessons. But for one day in December, it's switching gears to partner with volunteer organization New York Cares ( to host House of Van's second-annual coat drive. Manager Dave Seraita conceived the idea for the drive in early 2011 after being locked out of his apartment and noticing an unnerving number of homeless people without winter jackets. The five-hour-long charity event will also be a social gathering (to attend, e-mail with the subject "Coat Drive"). Bring gently worn outerwear for men, women and children, and you'll be rewarded with complimentary food, music and, for those who BYO boards, the freedom to skate around the outdoor skate course, indoor concrete skate bowl, and obstacles such as rails and ramps in the 25,000-square-foot venue. 25 Franklin St between Meserole Ave and Quay St Greenpoint, Brooklyn ( Dec 17 1--6pm.

New York Cares Coat Drive
Almost 19 percent of New York City families live in poverty, and this long-running volunteer organization (now in its 23rd year) hopes to help low-income city residents this winter by setting its sights on collecting 100,000 winter coats. That's nearly double the amount it collected last year, and there are a few ways you can help achieve this lofty goal: Either ship coats to New York Cares's warehouse or drop them off in person at one of the 182 public collection sites throughout the five boroughs, hosted at public schools, churches, shelters and police stations. 157 W 31st St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, basement 2 (212-228-5000, Mon--Fri 9am--4pm. Thu 1--Dec 31.

3 Kings Coat Drive at Dr. Jays
Native New Yorker, rapper and hip-hop producer Fabolous decided to give back to his city by starting a Fabolous Way Foundation this November. The organization's first annual coat drive is co-run by New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Together, the trio hopes to use its fan followings as a platform to raise awareness about the consequences of a troubled economy and the difficulty of making ends meet, bringing to light that for some, affording something as essential as a coat is still above their means. Head to streetwear retailer Dr. Jays to drop off not only gently used winter jackets, but also hats, scarves and other cold-weather gear in all sizes. For every donation, Dr. Jays will give you 10 percent off your next in-store coat purchase. Locations throughout the city; visit Through Thu 1.

Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive at Burlington Coat Factory
In 2007, discount clothing retailer Burlington Coat Factory teamed up with nonprofit One Warm Coat to collect old outerwear at all of the chain's 460 nationwide locations. Since then, more than 700,000 coats have been collected, but the drive is hoping to reach its millionth-donation benchmark this season. Help reach the goal by dropping off jackets in decent condition (all closures must be functional and there should be no stains or tears) at collection boxes located at the stores' front doors. One Warm Coat will distribute the outerwear to local social-service agencies assisting families living in poverty. Although giving itself may be gratifying, Burlington is offering those who donate coats 10 percent off their total purchases. Locations throughout the city; visit Thu 1--Jan 16.

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