Coats for Kids

The Coats for Kids (CFK) program provides children who attend the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) with the necessary winter outerwear to enable them to come to school each day ready to learn.

The Junior League of Worcester celebrates eight years of commitment to the Coats for Kids Project. Since 2000, our members have purchased, bagged and delivered over 5,000 new coats, hats and mittens to deserving children in our city.

In 2007-2008, our dedicated committee members processed requisitions for 642 coats. We directly impacted the lives of students from 22 Worcester Public Elementary Schools, 2 Head Start programs, and a local shelter. In total, the Coats for Kids Program, with the help of caring individuals and generous local businesses, warmed an estimated 1,400 kids last winter.

With the percent of students coming from low income families reaching well over 90% at some Worcester Public Schools, the need for this program is greater than ever. Giving a child a new coat improves their self esteem and greatly impacts their overall performance in school.


Email Coats for Kids to donate this winter.

View enlarged version of the Coats for Kids flyer.

View thank you cards from the children who have already received coats.

View past donors and sponsors.

Keep Worcester Kids Warm and Attend the Fundraiser that Makes it All Possible

Join us on Wednesday
November 10, 2010

Hibernian Cultural Center
19 Temple Street
Doors open at 5:00pm
Cash Bar

View the flyer

Coats for Kids Sponsors

To Become a Sponsor

The Coats for Kids project accepts monetary donations throughout the year. Whether large or small, all contributions are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.

Please make check payable to WEDF/Coats for Kids and mail to:
c/o JLW
42 Whitman Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Put a Smile on a Child’s Face this winter…one Donation at a time.

Coats for Kids, Tugging at Your Heart

On a snowy day in November, two school-age girls were given new coats, hats and mittens from our CFK Project. On their way home, they saw an elderly woman struggling to shovel her driveway. The girls asked if she needed some help and the woman gladly accepted. They were so busy that the older woman forgot to ask their names. She wanted to thank them personally so she called the school the following day and described the girls. Because of her description of one girl’s floppy pink hat, they were able to identify them. The Principal of the school then called the girls down to the office to ask them if and why they did it. They replied that they had just received their new hats and coats that day, and since someone they didn’t know did something nice for them, they wanted to do something nice for someone else.

This is just one of the many great stories we hear each year that make it all worthwhile!


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