Donate Your Old Coats To Homelessness Charities At Train Stations From Next Week

A truly lovely success story that has been running for twelve years now, HandsOn London‘s WrapUp London campaign collects unwanted coats and donates them to those in need. They’ve been so successful, they’ve even inspired a further 24 towns and cities across the UK to run their own Wrap Up’s. And starting next Monday, November 7, volunteers will be collecting Londoners’ old and unwanted coats at Tube stations and collection points across town. These coats will then find new homes with charities who support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty, and those fleeing domestic violence.

WrapUp London voluneers with bags of donated coats
Credit: HandsOn London

How to donate your coats

If you’ve got a coat you no longer want, they’ve made it incredibly easy to ensure it finds a well-deserved new home. For commuters, they’ll be popping up across select Tube stations to make coat-dropping as easy as possible. From Monday, November 7 to Wednesday, November 9, between 7-11 AM, those travelling in and around London can donate coats at at Canary Wharf, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Moorgate, and Waterloo stations. Dozens of collection points will also be popping up in and around London and Greater London so everyone is sure to have a collection point nearby.

Said Jon Meech, CEO of HandsOn London:

“We are so pleased to be back in full strength collecting coats in the tube stations this year, thanks to our partners at TFL. However, the last two years presented a great opportunity to look at the ways in which people can donate a coat more locally to them. With the support of Safestore and our volunteers’ local collections we are excited to have even more drop off points this year, so people can donate a coat locally.”

This year, WrapUp London is also partnering with Cards Inclusive to add a personal touch to the coats. 500 of the donated coats will have a Cards Inclusive postcard with a handwritten message on the back for the new owners.

A Cards Inclusive postcard for the WrapUp London campaign showing people on their way to donate coats
Credit: Cards Inclusive

Get involved with WrapUp London

The collection will run until November 27. Last year, a whopping 17,698 coats were collected, sorted and distributed by WrapUp London 2021 volunteers. Are you a business that wants to get involved? Perhaps you’re a volunteer looking to help out? Need to know where your nearest collection point is? Head to the WrapUp London website, where you’ll find all the information you need. Outside of London? Head to the Wrap Up UK website for all the details – some UK collections have already started.

Freeing up some wardrobe space whilst helping the vulnerable? It’s an easy win-win, so please donate whatever you can!

Also published on Medium.