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  12:58 p.m. November 3, 2014
Coats for the Cold coat drive kicks off November 3

KNOXVILLE - The annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive to collect coats kicked off today and will continue November 3-25 at all KARM Store locations and all Prestige Cleaners locations.

The coats collected during the drive will be given away on Saturday, December 6 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon at the KARM Clearance Center at 4302 Asheville Highway adjacent to the Holston Shopping Center. This is a new location for the coat giveaway, and it will provide a much needed indoor setting for the event.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries, with the help of co-sponsors, WIVK-FM, WVLT-TV, Prestige Cleaners, and the KARM Stores, plans to give away nearly 11,000 coats donated through the generosity of the East Tennessee community during its three week November coat drive.

This marks the 29th anniversary of the event, which was begun through WIVK –FM after a news report that a homeless man had frozen to death on the Knoxville streets.

The coats are free to anyone who needs one, with no prior pre-registration or sign up. If you would like a coat, you may go to the distribution at the KARM Clearance Center from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, December 6.

All coats donated for the event will be cleaned by Prestige Cleaners at no charge and delivered to the distribution site where volunteers help to sort them. To volunteer, visit

“The Knoxville community always responds so generously to the “Coats for the Cold” drive,” said Burt Rosen, KARM President and CEO. “I’d like to thank both our sponsors and those who donate coats for helping to ensure that those in need will be able to face the cold temperatures this year with a warm winter coat.”

Knox Area Rescue Ministries, which is home to nearly 400 people each night and provides nearly 1,000 meals daily, has served the area as a Christian ministry since 1960. KARM is devoted to life restoration through rescue and building positive relationships, providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and healing for hurting people in our community.

Published November 3, 2014

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