Coats for Kids

The mission of Coats for Kids is to ensure that every child who needs a winter coat receives one.

How You Can Help

Donate a new coat or a gently-used, clean coat to one of the drop-off locations within Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Sponsor a local coat drive by teaming with community organization. Contribute either dollars or coats to COATS FOR KIDS at Christmas.

Please SHARE THE WARMTH & Help Us Provide a Warmer 2019 Holiday Season for many children within our community!  If you would like to participate in this wonderful event, please drop-off new coats or gently-used clean coats at one of the following DROP-OFF LOCATIONS now until December 5, 2019.

Drop-off Locations

Advanced Fire Protection Services Okaloosa School District Offices
Beach Community Banks Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office & sub-      stations
Bounce Party Playzone – Santa Rosa Mall ALL Publix in Ft Walton Beach
ALL CHELCO locations  Publix-Crestview: North & South 
CCB Community Banks–Crestview & Niceville Publix-Destin
Chautauqua Healthcare Services Publix-Freeport
Childcare Network #132 – Crestview   Publix-Grand Blvd
Destin Cleaners Publix-South Walton
ALL Eglin Federal Credit Unions Publix-Watercolor
Emerald Coast Science Center Regions Bank – Mary Esther
First City Bank ALL Synovus Banks
Ft Walton Beach Medical Center South Walton HS – Leadership
North Okaloosa Medical Center All Trustmark Banks
ALL Okaloosa County Teachers FCU Tropical Smoothie – Destin
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen Twin Cities Hospital
United Way Emerald Coast Westminister Manor

What Sizes of Coats

Coat sizes range from newborn to extra large with some plus sizes generally available.


Our delivery of coats is done through schools, county or local social service agencies, churches, synagogues, and through other non-profit organizations that work with children. As coats are received from the cleaners these partners are notified to come select coats for the children they service. Last year we distributed over 2,000 coats to many families throughout the community and schools in Okaloosa & Walton counties. This was made possible by the local banks, businesses and people like you who supported this project.

LOCAL RECIPIENTS OF DONATED COATS:  The Arc Emerald Coast, Beulah Christian School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Children in Crisis, Chatauqua Health Services, Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa & Walton, Eleanor J Johnson Youth Center, First United Methodist Church, Fresh Start for Children & Families, Matrix Community Outreach Center, Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Opportunity Place, S4P Synergy, Safe Connections, Sharing & Caring of Niceville, Shelter House, United for a Good Cause, Walton County School Foundation


Destin Cleaners and ResortQuest Laundry provide all of the cleaning services every year. The boxes used for collecting at each drop-off location are provided by A & A Transfer and Storage.

Although we appreciate all donations, we can ONLY accept coats and no other used clothing. Please distribute your other used clothing at Salvation Army, Harvest House, Waterfront Mission, etc.

For more information, please contact the United Way at 850-243-0315.