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.
We recommend that you check the organization's website for hours of operation and any specific Covid-related safety measures.
If you are interested in becoming a barrel partner for our 11th annual Coat Drive in 2021, please get in touch with us: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Zip-Up Day is how we are zipping up the 10th annual Charlotte Coat Drive! 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.
In accordance with the N.C. face covering mandate, we will be wearing face coverings & ask that you do as well.
Our "drive-through" style event makes it easy for you to drive through with donations & go. We are also offering a contact-free drop-off station. Simply pull up in your car, pop your trunk & we will grab your donations.
If you do park, please continue to wear your face covering and social distance with anyone outside of your group.
Check back closer to the day for any logistics updates due to the pandemic.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille box lunch
Stilt Walker, Homer the Dragon & Chubby Checker
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 email@example.com 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.