KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive to collect coats for those in need will be Nov. 2-24 at all KARM Stores and Prestige Cleaners locations.
The “Coats for the Cold” giveaway will be held on Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. until noon at the KARM Clearance Center, located at at 4302 Asheville Highway.
This is a new location for the coat giveaway, and will provide an indoor setting for the event.
Knox Area Rescue Ministries, with the help of co-sponsors, WIVK-FM, WVLT-TV, Prestige Cleaners, and the KARM Stores, plans to give away nearly 11,000 coats donated through the generosity of the East Tennessee community during its three week November coat drive.
This marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which was begun through WIVK –FM after a news report that a homeless man had frozen to death on the Knoxville streets.
The coats are free to anyone who needs one, with no prior pre-registration or sign up. Those wishing to receive a coat can come to the distribution at the KARM Clearance Center from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday.
Many coats donated for the event will be cleaned by Prestige Cleaners at no charge and taken to the distribution site, where volunteers help to sort them. To volunteer, visit http://www.karm.org/coats.
To learn more visit http://www.karm.org or call 865.673.6540.