MADISON, NJ – Keep a fellow New Jerseyan warm this winter with a donation to the Jersey Cares coat drive. Drop-offs can be made from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Madison Area YMCA on 111 Kings Road through this Wednesday.

“More than just an article of clothing, your coat can open opportunities for someone who needs one,” Jersey Cares said. “You can enable a job-seeker to continue his search during the winter. You can enable a student to focus on her studies in a cold classroom. Or, you can help a senior go out for medication in a storm. What to you is a coat hanging in the back of your closet can be a life-changing support for someone in need.”

The 22nd Annual Jersey Cares coat drive aims to collect and distribute at least 30,000 "gently used" winter coats to men, women and children in need statewide. 

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Jersey Cares has given out more than 500,000 coats to New Jersey residents in need through this yearly event for more than two decades. Volunteers sort and organize donated items and bag them for pickup by pre-approved nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Drop-off points are located at more than 60 companies, churches, fire departments, police stations, schools and other organizations in more than half of the state’s 21 counties. 

For more information, visit the Jersey Cares FAQ page, call 973-533-1993 or send an email to