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Winter Coat Drives

The how, where, and what of winter coat and cold-weather gear donation opportunities.

By Anna Chatilo December 11, 2012

Cold enough for you?

We know one sure-fire way to beat the chill, but it doesn't involve the perfect layering cashmere or high-tech performance coat.

Well, it could involve those things, if you're willing to give them up.

Donating your under-used cold weather gear to organizations that serve the less-fortunate is the best winter warm-up we know.

Here are a few of our favorite:

Millionair Club Charity: Bring coats to one of four drop-off locations around the city; addresses and donation hours can be found on the Millionair Club website. There's no hard deadline; you can keep donating right into 2013.

Mary’s Place: The women and children’s organization accepts new or gently used coats at their central, Ninth Avenue location, along with gloves, hats, scarves, umbrellas, raincoats, socks, and hand warmers. Any winter related items you’d like to donate, they'll find a home for. 

Northwest Center: The Center collects clothes year-round, but would be more than happy to take coats and other winter clothes off your hands this time of year. For those overwhelmed with the holiday craze, the Northwest Center has an online home pickup service. But with 23 donation drop off locations, you’d have to try not to run into one. As a thank you for your donation, you'll get a $3 coupon valid at Value Village.

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets: Stop by the Summit Ave office between noon and 4 with donations of gently used coats, warm clothes and socks.

Teen Feed: The homeless youth around the University District get hot dinners from Teen Feed via different churches and community organizations each night of the week; donations of food and clothing can be made to the specific site that serves this population. Drop off is right before dinner, between 6 and 7. Call the Teen Feed phone at 206-229-0813 to let a staff member know you will come bearing gifts, and check our list of service sites.

YouthCare: Coats can be donated at the center's University District office, but if you’re looking to go above and beyond, YouthCare has a wishlist of items they really want for the holidays. For those who prefer to stay by the fire and do their shopping online, they also have an Amazon wishlist.

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