If you have new or gently-used coats you would like to donate, please take them to one of the locations listed below. If they need to be cleaned, we have cleaners who have generously donated their services, so you can drop items off at the one of the cleaners listed below and they will clean them for free and deliver them to us.

Coats for Kids can also use your financial support. Every dollar you provide goes directly toward the purchase of coats for distribution to qualified families. Cash and check donations* are handled through Atascadero Loaves and Fishes, so they are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. *Please earmark your donations for Coats for Kids. 

Drop-Off Locations:
(View on a Map)

For items needing free cleaning:

Fashion Cleaners - 7800 El Camino Real

Plaza Cleaners - 8546 El Camino Real
(in the Glen Oaks Plaza)

Paso Robles
For items needing free cleaning:

Plaza Cleaners - 163 Niblick Rd
(in Albertsons Plaza)

Paso Robles Cleaners & Laundry
1040 Thirteenth St

Coats for Kids distributes new
and gently-used children’s and adult’s coats,
jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts to those in need
each year. To all of our volunteers — those of you who
donate clothing, graciously accept items at our drop-off
locations, store our items, help us at our distributions, and
our cleaners who clean items that need it — Thank you!


Our committee for Coats for Kids has struggled with how we could produce that event safely for everyone involved, from volunteers to those who benefit from the distribution. Normally, we serve over 750 families between the Paso Robles and the Atascadero distributions of warm coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts for each member in the family. That can equate to working with some 3,000 items!

Due to the logistics involved in the set-ups of the distributions, our committee determined that this year, and only this year, we would cancel the regular way we have worked for 33 years. Our dedicated cleaners, Fashion Cleaners in Atascadero, Plaza Cleaners in Atascadero and Paso Robles, and Paso Robles Cleaners and Laundry in Paso Robles, will continue to accept dropped off Coats for Kids items and clean them free of charge. Committee members will pick them up and we will distribute them in a different way once we determine what that will be. We will work with ECHO, Paso Robles and Atascadero Loaves and Fishes, and many of our churches to reach our families in need. I will keep you posted through my column, our website, and social media. We will not be using the “drop-off” collection boxes around the community, as we have in the past.

Please know that this was a difficult decision for all of us. After 33 years, you can understand that, but safety is a major factor for everyone. I know Atascadero Loaves and Fishes has had to adjust their plans for the Christmas Project, as well as the Kiwanis with Toys for Tots and Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles. Those groups all plan to move forward in a different way also.

Please keep Coats for Kids in mind when you go through your closets. Make sure the warm items you are donating are worth passing along to someone in need.

Thank you to all of you who have been on our wonderful “volunteer team for so many years. Be assured that we will be back in the swing of things next year.

– Barbie

For more information, please click the button below to e-mail us,
or call Barbie Butz at (805) 461-1234

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Coats for Kids members, Barbie Butz, chairman, and Lyn Fowler, pose with Atascadero Community Band Treasurer, Joyce Rabellino, who presented Coats for Kids with a check for $569. Funds were generated from donations collected at the band's November 2 concert at the ABC church in Atascadero. The money will be used to purchase new kid's jackets for the Christmas distribution at the National Guard Armory on December 17 as part of the Atascadero Loaves and Fishes Christmas Project. Thank you, Atascadero Community Band!