Find An Easy Drop-Off Spot Near You!

 
Now in its 18th year of helping provide clean warm coats to those in need, Ventura Rotary’s “Coats For Kids” project is seeking donations of gently used coats, jackets and heavy sweatshirts of all sizes. Donations can be made at more than 40 area schools, businesses and office locations.
 
Find a drop off location closest to you with this interactive map: https://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=1207878&x=-119.127161&y=34.235621&z=6
   
“It’s a great way to help out those in need, while also cleaning out your closets of coats that you or your children no longer use,” says project director, Kristin Taylor. “Simply drop them in the large, marked box at any collection site.  We’ll pick them up and have them expertly cleaned.” School sites will accept donations up until the holiday break, and business locations will accept donations through December 31st.
 
“Not everyone can write a big check to charity, but many can find a coat or two in the back of the closet and then feel good about making a very real and practical difference to someone in their community,” says Kristin Taylor.  “We’ve collected, cleaned and distributed over 65,000 coats, jackets or sweatshirts over the past 17 years. With the weather turning cold and the number in need growing, we challenge the community to fill those donation boxes and help us collect 4000-4500 more this year.”
 
Each donated coat will be professionally cleaned. “We are so thankful to The Crown Plaza Ventura Beach and manager Danny Quintana for generously providing the cleaning services! They are such a critical part of this program and we can’t thank them enough,” says Taylor.
 
After cleaning, the coats are provided immediately and throughout the year to various local organizations to ensure that everyone truly in need can have access to a warm coat. These organizations include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard, Camarillo and Ventura, Project Understanding, Casa Pacifica, Rescue Mission, The Salvation Army, The Hope Project, Sheriff Departments and local churches.  
 
Ventura Rotary gives thanks to the many schools, merchants and offices that serve as drop off sites. "We're also very happy to have the help of our friends at the Rotary Club of Ventura South who are managing 10 of the drop off sites for the program this year," says Taylor. "This is truly a project by our community, for our community!"
 
Vital to the success of the project is the support of its generous business partners, including:  The Crown Plaza Ventura Beach, Gold Coast Broadcasting and KVTA,  FASTSIGNS of Ventura, Halter-Encinas Enterprises, Team Dembowski Realty and MJP Technologies and the Millais Family.