In 1986, Yale Cleaners approached the News on 6 and Jim Giles about lending their name and support to a very important project. The News on 6 agreed and the Coats for Kids project was born. With their help, and the generosity of the Tulsa community Coats for Kids has grown to be one of the largest coat drives in the nation. Over the years several partners have helped distribute coats, including the Salvation Army, Sertoma Club and Immanuel Baptist Church. In 1991 Catholic Charities joined the team and continues to be the programs source of distribution.
Over the past 25 years, thanks to Tulsans' generous support, Yale Cleaners has cleaned and delivered 285,350 coats. In honor of Jim Giles memory, The News on 6's Chief Meteorologist, Travis Meyer, became the spokesperson for the program in 2010.
You can be a part of the solution by donation a new or gently used coat to any of our 12 locations in Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, and Sapulpa, or our corporate office. Small children's coats and plus size adult coats are always in great demand. The project runs from November 1 through December 31, but Yale gladly accepts coat donations year round.