The 28th annual New York Cares coat drive started up this week with a group distributing 50 winter jackets to residents of the Bowery Mission.
Per ABC 7:
Individuals and organizations can donate gently used, freshly laundered coats at hundreds of locations throughout the five boroughs through Saturday, December 31, including at all New York City police precincts ... major transit hubs, and many other sites.
As a new addition to this year's New York Cares Coat Drive, individuals can text "COAT" to 41444 to donate $20 to cover the cost and delivery of one new coat to New Yorkers in need of warmth this winter.
Since 1989, the New York Cares Coat Drive has collected 1.7 million winter coats for men, women, and children in need throughout the city.
In the East Village, you can drop off coats at the 9th Precinct on Fifth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue and Police Service Area 4 at 130 Avenue C and Eighth Street. There's also a drop-off spot at the Manhattan Mini Storage on Second Avenue between Second Street and First Street. Find a full list of distribution centers here.