Community Winter OuterWear

Winter Coat and Winter Outerwear Donations

We still need winter coats and winter accessories to help families in need. Please take all winter coat and winter accessory donations to The Salvation Army south Store (near Kmart) - 201 9TH ST SE, Rochester MN  55904. Donations will be accepted Monday - Friday from 8 am - 8 pm and Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm. If you are donating NEW winter coats, please let the donation center know it is for the Community Winter Outerwear initiative. Thank YOU!

People in Need

Nearly 2,000 of Olmsted County’s most needy felt the warmth of a caring community last October when they received donated winter outerwear through the annual Community Winter Outerwear collection. United Way is once again partnering with The Salvation Army to meet people’s basic need of warm clothing this winter with a collection beginning September 1 and going through Monday, October 5.

This year, 1,684 adults and 2,677 youth in our community have asked us for help with a winter coat!


Please contact The Salvation Army at 507-288-3663 or go to The Salvation Army Service Center (20 1st Avenue NE, Rochester MN  55904) Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.) to get a voucher for a winter coat.

Individuals and families that are registered were mailed a postcard voucher the week of October 5. If you have questions, please call 507-529-4831.

The number of winter coats distributed will be based on the number of coats collected through our Community Winter Outerwear initiative.


This year, Community Winter Outerwear has partnered with The Salvation Army's south Store to distribute collected winter coats and winter accessories. Families and individuals that are registered received a voucher in the mail the first week in October to use to shop for a winter coat October 20 - November 30 at The Salvation Army south Store. Only families and individuals with a Community Winter Outerwear voucher will receive a free winter coat.

Collection Partners

Thanks to our 2015 Community Winter Outerwear Collection Partners - list of partners!


Thank you to the following organizations who champion Community Winter Outerwear. Without your help, none of this great work would be possible.

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