Coats for Christmas

Coats for Christmas of Hancock County originated from the vision of City Dry Cleaning owner, Paul Kramer. In 1987, Kramer developed and launched a service project to provide a warm coat to those in need regardless of financial circumstances. Paul conceived the idea of an organized collection of gently used coats, donating his company's services to clean those coats and distribution of the freshly cleaned coats to those in need without financial qualification.

In 1997, Hancock Leadership Alumni Association assumed responsibility for organizing and marketing the collection and distribution effort. Kramer continues to be actively involved in the campaign by providing his business services to clean all of the coats that are donated. The youth of Engage play a very important supporting role in the service project by also collecting new hats and mittens to distribute.

2018 Information

Coats will be collected at Findlay Village Mall, all Findlay City and County schools as well as several Findlay businesses from November 26-30. Collection boxes will be designated at the various location as well as the downtown City Dry Cleaning facility.
Volunteers are needed for cleaning from December 3-6. Volunteers are needed for set up on Friday December 7 starting at 2pm at Glenwood Middle School. Volunteers are also needed for distribution on Saturday December 8 from 9am-3pm and Sunday December 9 from 1-3pm and afterwards for tear-down at Glenwood Middle School. Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact the volunteer coordinator, Christi West, at or 419-722-7715.
Anyone in need of a coat is welcome to attend the distribution Saturday December 8 from 9am-3pm and Sunday December 9 from 1-3pm. We will be also be distributing free flu shots on Saturday December 8 while supplies last.
In addition to the coats, NEW hats, mittens, socks and blankets will also be available. If someone needs transportation to the event on Saturday December 8, we will provide free transportation through HATS - they need you to call 419-423-7261 ext 26 by December 6 to schedule the ride. If you call HATS between 8am-4:30pm you can also leave a message.
For more information, visit the the Coats for Christmas website.