2007_01_coatdrive.jpgDespite the warm winter weather, coat drives have not lost momentum this season in comparison to coat sales.

This week, there are several more creative ways to give. On Tuesday, January 9, New York Cares wraps up its 18th year of coat collecting with the Weatherproof® Garment Company’s Coat-The-Rink-Skate-A-Thon. The day begins early when a few lucky volunteers (which could include you) will take to the ice with Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen at 6:30am. They will be featured on Fox 5’s Good Day New York to draw visitors to The Pond at Bryant Park (42nd Street & 6th Avenue) where Food Network star Sandra Lee and Actor Tom Cavanagh will also be on hand. Meet and greet with Cohen and Lee is from 11am - 2pm; meet and greet with Cavanagh is from 11am - 12pm. The event goes until 7pm.

Weatherproof® will match every coat donated and donors will receive an autographed Sandra Lee cook book as a thank you. If you donate early in the day, there are even more perks: the first 100 people to donate a coat get a free skate rental and the 101st person to donate a coat wins a skating lesson from figure skater Sasha Cohen.

From January 11 to 13, visitors to Jazz at Lincoln Center can drop off coats during the concert series from 12pm-4pm at Frederick P. Rose Hall (60th Street & Broadway in the Time Warner Center, 5th Floor).

And Thursday, January 11, Safe Horizon, which provides support, prevents violence,and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities, has a Coat Party hosted by their Junior Council at Pink Elephant (527 West 27th Street) from 8-11pm with an open bar and live music. The cover charge? A warm clothing item or $30. Donations will be given to Safe Horizon’s Streetwork program, a refuge for homeless and street-involved young people.

Of course, all of these coats still need to sorted and distributed. Sign up to help with these efforts here.

Photograph of Mayor Bloomberg at the NY Cares Coat Drive in 2002