Since 2010, Charlotte Mechanical has helped more than its customers stay warm during the cold season months. What started 10 years ago as a small donation of coats from owners Steve and Nancy McLaughlin and their friends, has now become the company’s largest community event. Through the love, generosity and help of special partnerships, the Coat Drive continues to grow each year. Our goal is to collect 6,000 coats for the Salvation Army this year! We invite you to help us keep Charlotte warm.
The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte has served the residents of Mecklenburg and Union Counties since 1904 with care and encouragement to people in need every day. All coats collected will be distributed to their men, women and children’s shelters and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Charlotte Mechanical funds everything 100% with zero cost to The Salvation Army or any location. Hear from a few Charlotteans who received coats last year from the Charlotte Coat Drive during this WBT interview.
Meet our 2020 barrel partners! Click the map below to find a location near you. From private businesses to public companies to churches and first responders, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of partners. There are 50+ locations this year where you can drop a new or gently/used coat.
If you are interested in becoming a barrel partner for our 10th annual Coat Drive in 2020, please get in touch with us: (email@example.com).
A huge, warm thank you to the Charlotte community and our 2019 Barrel Partners throughout the Greater Charlotte area that helped us collect a record-breaking number of coats (5,174 to be exact) in 2019. We exceeded our goal!
Whether you plan on cleaning out your closet or buying new coats when the campaign kicks off, or want to wait to drop off men's, women's or children's coats, all are welcome to join us for some fun at our Zip-Up Day.
Bring your coats to the parking lot of Dilworth Neighborhood Grille and you'll be greeted with free food, music, mascots, giveaways and some zippy surprises. Drive through and go or join us for a bit.
NOTE: This year we'll also offer a contact-free drive-through. Stay in your car and just pop your trunk.
Check back closer to the day for any logistics updates due to the pandemic.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille box lunch
Local sports mascots & more!
Music all day from Carolina DJ Professionals
If you can’t make it out to one of our Barrel Partner locations, or maybe you don’t have any coats to give, you can always make a monetary donation to The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. All the money donated will go toward buying new coats for those in need. Those coats will be distributed to Salvation Army’s shelters and Boys and Girls Clubs in Charlotte. Every little bit helps to keep Charlotte warm this winter!Give A Donation
If you're interested in becoming a barrel partner in 2020, please contact Britni HoneyCutt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-771-1020.
The coats collected are distributed to clients already involved in the Salvation Army’s programs. If you are in need, please reach out to
The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte to find out how you can receive help. Call 704-714-4727.