October 2021

Coats for the Cold is an annual coat drive to collect thousands of coats for those in need in our area. The community is invited to donate used men’s, women’s, and children’s coats at any KARM Stores location or any Prestige Cleaners location during designated coat drive weeks each fall. Those in need of a coat are encouraged to contact local service agencies or churches to receive a coat voucher, then shop at any KARM Stores location with the voucher during the coat distribution dates.

Asset Planning Corporation would like to invite you to join us in donating coats to those in need in the Knoxville community. APC will have a drop-off box in our office and would love for you to team up with us on this mission to keep others safe during the winter.


October: KARM

Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) asks the Knoxville community for donations of new and gently used coats and jackets for men, women, and children each October/early November. These coats are distributed to families for free at KARM stores as these families gear up for what could always be a frigid winter. The drive is called “Coats for the Cold.”

November: Focus Ministries

Focus Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that fosters hope by providing a Pathway to New Beginnings for the incarcerated of Knoxville and East Tennessee by: Inspiring men and women inside the walls through strategic, values-based programming; Empowering men and women outside the walls through therapeutic community, assistive agency partnerships, and workplace reintegration; Reunifying families through intentional visitations and strategic long-term success plans.

December: Family Promise of Knoxville

Their Mission – To provide a community-based response that empowers and equips families experiencing homelessness and housing-instability to achieve sustainable independence. Their Vision – An East Tennessee where each and every child knows the safety and security of home and each parent has the chance to build a better future for their family.


January: Second Harvest

Second Harvest’s programs are arranged to reach every demographic in every corner of East Tennessee. Hunger has no season, it is always the right time to donate. However, nobody should ever be hungry on Thanksgiving. We can use this month to highlight and support hunger in East Tennessee. $1 is all it takes to give 3 meals and 1 in 5 people in E TN live in poverty.