Coats for Kids

COVID-19 is affecting our students and their families in many ways. It has also created numerous hurdles for the Coats for Kids Program. COVID-19 may have suspended in-person fundraising, events, volunteering, and coat drives, but our mission to give every child in need a new coat has not been placed on pause! Now more than ever we are so grateful for the community and the individuals that have supported us through the years. Please consider helping us overcome these hurdles and support our students. 

The mission of Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids is to foster comfort and confidence in our students in order to increase attendance and participation in school.


To Donate by Mail:
Send a check payable to “WEDF” with “Coats for Kids” in the memo to:

Worcester Educational
Development Foundation
210 Park Avenue, Suite 224
Worcester, MA 01609

For a child, a new winter coat can be so much more than just warmth.  A new coat can foster self-esteem and confidence, improve peer acceptance and school attendance, and overall wellness. It tells a child, “You’re worth it!” Keeping children healthy and warm throughout the cold harsh New England winter months can change lives! 

The Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids Program provides new winter outerwear to children in need throughout the district including the  Worcester Head Start Program, the Worcester Family Partnership Program and several area homeless shelters. The program has helped thousands of WPS students stay warn through harsh New England winters. Over 3,000 winter jackets, hats, mittens, and sweatshirts are distributed to infants through high school students annually.

Will you help to spread the word?

Word of mouth is powerful! Download the printable flyer below. Print and post it or email it to friends.

Other Ways to Help…

If you have questions, contact:
Liz Vecchio • 508-799-3479 •



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