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KARM collects 9,208 winter jackets for 2019 'Coats for the Cold'

Knox Area Rescue Ministries will collect Coats for the Cold through Saturday, Nov. 16. Drop off coats at any KARM thrift store or Prestige Cleaners location.

FARRAGUT, Tenn. — Thanks to the generosity of thousands of East Tennesseans, 9,208 coats were collected during the 2019 Coats for the Cold drive. 

It was the most coats donated since 2014.

Of these coats, 8,414 coats were distributed locally, and the remaining 794 coats will be sent to Mission of Hope to bless isolated communities in Appalachia, according to Knox Area Rescue Ministries. 

Original story 11/4/19:

Every year, Coats for the Cold collects and distributes thousands of coats. Please donate only coats, not sweaters, hoodies or sweatshirts.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries will collect Coats for the Cold through Saturday, Nov. 16. Drop off coats at any KARM thrift store or Prestige Cleaners location.

Bring a coat voucher to a KARM store starting Monday, Nov. 11, to select a coat. Churches and social services agencies distribute the vouchers. 

The most needed coats are children's coats in all sizes and coats for men and women is XL, XXL and XXXL.

KARM provides shelter for about 300 people each night and serves about 1,000 meals each day. The organization not only feeds the homeless but also people in crisis.

The organization is based on biblical hospitality with the equation rescue plus relationships equals restoration.

Last year the community donated about 6,700 coats. 

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