Coat Drives for Connecticut help others in need at the start of the colder weather, winter season. Donate used or new winter clothing – help others keep warm through!

  • Best Cleaners continues hosts its annual Coats for Connecticut – find drop off spots – starting November 8. Salvation Army centers are experiencing a higher than usual demand for winter coats, jackets, and apparel, especially in children’s sizes, and anticipate that the need will continue to grow as the temperature continues to drop. Now is the time to clean out your closets and put those outgrown and no longer worn coats and jackets to good use by donating them at any of Best’s 12 locations.  Each week through December 22, Best will clean and deliver all donated coats to the Salvation Army for distribution to individuals and families in need throughout Connecticut.

    Thursday, November 8: Live TV News Coverage at 2759  Main  Street, Glastonbury
    Eyewitness News 3 will report live from 5:30 – 7 a.m. from Glastonbury on the campaign kick-off day. Early risers can drop off coat donations and say hello.
    Wednesday, November 28: STUFF-A-VAN at WFSB-TV 3, 333 Capital Blvd, Rocky Hill
    The entire crew at WFSB-TV 3 will be collecting coat donations outside the station from 6 am – 6 pm, weather permitting. Swing by with your gently-used coats and jackets on your way to work or school and help us fill a Best van (or two) with winter warmth for those in need. Children’s coats are especially needed!
  • Button Up Connecticut is a large and longstanding coat drive.  Local CT residents, local organizations, large companies collect new and gently used coats and distribute to the those in need.  Dan Siracusa of Siracusa Moving and Storage started Button Up Connecticut in 1992.  In the last 20 years, over 150,000 coats have been distributed to CT men, women, and children.  Individuals and organizations like shelters, churches, food pantries can make requests for coats.  Siracusa’s Moving offers their warehouse at 250 Commerce Circle, New Britain, CT 06051. Coats will be distributed from the warehouse in New Britain by appointment only. To set up an appointment, please email Kara at or call the Button Up Connecticut Hotline at 860-259-0239.  For large companies or schools with collections greater than 100 coats they can arrange a pickup.
  • Many United Way agencies also accept donations – their website provides a big list of organizations around CT from which to to choose.

For winter clothing needs in CT the Network of Care’s website features locations that will welcome your donations!

There is a great need out there and our goal is to fill it as best we can!  #fullfillLOCALneeds – Learn about more service projects with us every month.