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The Salvation Army asks Anchorage to provide Coats for Kids across city


Starting Monday, August 7th, The Salvation Army is hosting its annual Coats for Kids drive for the Anchorage community. The coat drive starts next week and concludes September 8th, with a community coat distribution planned for Saturday September 23rd at The Salvation Army Anchorage Community Corps, located at 1701 C Street from 10am to 3pm.

Starting next week generous donors can go to The Salvation Army Alaska Division’s Facebook page, or visit our website alaska.salvationarmy.org - http://po.st/akcoatsforkids to make a cash donation for this coat drive. In Anchorage, donations of new and gently used coats can be dropped off at two Salvation Army locations, McKinnell House at 1712 A St., and The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters at 143 East 9th Ave. Additionally winter coats can be dropped at any of the following collection sites listed below:


6th Ave Outfitters

Fred Meyer

(2 locations)

Alaska USA

(4 locations)

Bass Pro Shop

Alaska Club

(3 locations)

Able Body Shop

(2 locations)

Atwood Bldg.

VFW Post 9785

Body Renew

(3 locations)

ACF Church

*Fireweed Dry Cleaning

(2 locations)

Kriner’s Burgers & Pies

American Legion Post #1

Denali Federal Credit Union

(5 locations)

The Crossing

Total Truck Accessory Center

Eagle River Automotive






Valued individuals and organizations across the community have contributed coats for this drive for years, helping The Salvation Army to collect thousands of warm winter coats year after year. Major Mike Dickinson, The Salvation Army Alaska Division’s Divisional Commander stated “We are asking those in the Anchorage area to contribute whatever they can, but to please keep in mind as each prior year has shown, we have more and more need of adult sized jackets for teens.”

Coat collection sites will be popping up throughout Anchorage from August 7 to September 8, please contact Heidi Franklin at AK.Development@usw.salvationarmy.org 907-339-3461 for more information or to participate in collection, or to volunteer for the coat distribution event.

Lieutenant Denice Delgado, The Salvation Army’s Anchorage area Social Service Director, stated, “I know Alaska winters can be harsh and unpredictable at times. The families we serve are sometimes faced with paying rent, bills or buying their child a coat, so it is a blessing to see our community rally and help us reach our goal that no child will go without a winter coat this school year.”

Donations can be made by visiting our website alaska.salvationarmy.org or Facebook page. Clean and gently used coats can be dropped off at the McKinnell House Family Shelter at 1712 A Street or The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters at 143 East 9th Avenue, and more sites as they come available (full list to date is above).

About The Salvation Army Alaska

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, supports those in need in His name without discrimination, offering spiritual encouragement and basic services to meet the needs of Alaskans in 18 communities. The Salvation Army has been caring for mind, body, spirit and soul of individuals, children and families in Alaska since 1898. For information, visit salvationarmyalaska.org.

*About One Hour Fireweed Cleaners

Fireweed Cleaners has been family owned and operated since opening in 1967 and has grown to become the most prestigious dry cleaning business in Anchorage, serving not only Anchorage, but many rural communities as well. Fireweed cleaners has been an active partner with The Salvation Army in Coats for Kids for many years, cleaning and storing between 1000-1500 coats each year. For more information, visit http://www.fireweedcleaners.com/.

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