On December 9, 2017, The Junior League of Austin held the 31st annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day. Together with our longstanding partners —Jack Brown Cleaners, KVET, and KVUE — the JLA provided more than 35,000 warm winter coats to Central Texas children in need.
As families arrived on Distribution Day, bilingual volunteers greeted them and reviewed documents for verification of economic need. The families were then escorted by a volunteer through racks of sorted coats. Children were able to select their desired size and style of coat. This allowed for each child to pick out the coat that fit his or her taste, perhaps a perfectly pink coat for the four-year-old girl or a superhero coat for the seven-year-old boy.
The doors at each Distribution Day site remained open until every family was served. At the close of Distribution Day, any remaining coats were distributed to other local agencies to be given to children in need throughout the winter. JLA volunteers and 2,000 community volunteers participated in the acquisition, sorting and distribution of coats. It is because of the valued support of local groups, businesses, schools and individuals that Coats for Kids can continue to help keep so many Central Texas kids warm this winter.
Coat Drive Competition: November 13 – 29
Volunteer Registration: October 6 – December 8
Distribution Day: Saturday, December 9 – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Coats for Kids
c/o The Junior League of Austin
5416 Parkcrest Drive, Suite 100A
Austin, TX 78731