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Michael S. Winkler
State Coats for Kids
Phone: (253) 459-4756

 Coats For Kids

 Provide warmth for deserving
 children during cold winter months.

Families struggling to make ends meet use their scarce resources to meet the most basic needs and cannot always afford the vital essential of a new winter coat. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in north America goes without a coat during the winter season. Through the dedication of councils across the United States and Canada, hundreds of thousands of new winter coats have been distributed to children since program inception.

Councils across north America can purchase new winter coats for children in need at a discount and distribute them in their local communities. A featured program, Coats for Kids counts for two credits toward the Columbian award.

    Coats For Kids Ordering Is Early This Year!




 Thank you to all of the councils who supported the Coats for Kids program last year.  Your commitment to helping those in need is greatly appreciated.


This year brings some significant changes to how we order our Coats for Kids from Supreme via Knights Gear.  I will be sending out regular, short updates that will help us meet a much shorter timeline. A key point for us to remember is that other states have already been required to convert to this format and they have done so very successfully.  We can do it too!


The first step is to ensure that your Coats for Kids expenses are approved by your council.  Ideally, Coats for Kids expenses are built into your annual budgetIf Coats for Kids expenses are not built into your annual budget, schedule it for a vote as soon as possible. Timing is very important because you will be placing your orders and paying for your coats in August this year.  I am finalizing an order form that you will use when submitting your order and matching request to me.


Here is a broad overview of the timeline for your planning purposes


  1. By 1 September: Rather than ordering coats directly from Knights Gear, each council will now place both their paid order and their matching request through the State Chair. (Order form will be provided).
  2. By 1 September: Each council submits their payments to the State Secretary.  (More information will follow).
  3. By 6 September: Washington State Council will submit the consolidated order, which includes the matching request, to Supreme.
  4. 0/A 20 September: Coats arrive at one of our approved distribution points.  We may have up to nine distribution points this year.  Each council will be responsible for picking up their coats at their nearest distribution point.
  5. O/A 1 October: Councils start delivering their coats to their designated charities, schools, churches, etc


In summary, the key point at this time is to have your Coats for Kids projected expenses in the approved annual budget!  


Please feel free to call or email me directly if you have any questions.


Vivat Jesus!


Mike Winkler

Chair, Coats for Kids

Washington State Council



Additional Resources

Coats for Kids - Supreme Resouce