To partner with local communities to provide coats and winter wear for families and connect those families to community resources, prayer opportunities, and churches near where they live.


Hamilton County Kids Coats now has 7 partner churches including our founder Carmel United Methodist Church. We give out the winter coats and winter wear in the late fall at distributions sponsored by local churches in Carmel, Fishers, Sheridan, Arcadia, Noblesville, and Westfield. We continue to serve families until the end of winter at the Merciful HELP Center.  Together, we work year round to better meet the winter wear needs of families in our county.  In July and August we attend Back-to-School events around the county to give out the lightweight jackets that we receive in donations. CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF OUR LOCATIONS


At the suggestion of Nancy Chance, Director of the Good Samaritan Network, three women from Carmel United Methodist Church (CUMC) started Hamilton County Kids Coats in 2004. That year, all the volunteers and coat donations were from church members and the entire event was funded by the CUMC United Methodist Women and the Good Samaritan Network. With coat racks borrowed from the Salvation Army, we served just over 200 people. We have grown every year since then! In 2018, we gave out new and gently-used coats and winter wear to 3,046 children and their families and 2,398 lightweight jackets to kids heading back-to-school. We are now a year-round coat ministry with partners all over the county. 


You can make a positive, life-affirming difference in the lives of others by reaching out to lend a helping hand! We collect donations all over Hamilton County at schools, churches, libraries, and businesses. Find out how EASY it is to organize your own drive to collect coats, hats, gloves, mittens, boots, scarves, snow pants in all sizes. Click COLLECT COATS to find out more!

You can also make a difference in helping communicate Coat Appointment Signups to families in your community. You can PRINT FLYERS and hand them out in your community in the Fall by putting up flyers in: apartment laundry rooms, employee announcement boards at restaurants. Or you can link our website or FB page to online community websites.

This year, more than 800 families will make appointments to receive a winter coat at one of our six giveaway sites in late October & early November. We don't stop there! We continue to help families stay warm through the end of winter. BE A VOLUNTEER at our outreach at the Merciful HELP Center from the last Thursday of November until mid-February. Help us sort donations on Mondays at our warehouse. We can use your help! 

Monetary donations help us do what we do! DONATE $ Your monetary donations help defray the cost of warehousing, cleaning, repairing, and distributing the coats and winter wear county-wide. We bring coat racks, hangers, inventory, and supplies to each distribution site. All these things cost money — including buying coats to fill out our inventory so we have the right numbers for each size. — No matter how you give, whether it be your time, talent, or resources, your giving matters. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

For more information email us at info@kidscoats.org or to talk with a real person, call 317-324-8818.

Our community partners include all our GIVEAWAY CHURCHES as well as these local organizations: