Susan Perry started Susie’s Coats in 2006, on her 50th birthday. There was nothing that she wanted or needed, and made the decision that she’d like to collect 50 coats to distribute to those in need. Susan and her daughter held that initiative in downtown Toledo and realized there was more of a significant need.
Each year the project has gotten bigger and bigger; more people donating and more people in need. In 2012, the community donated more than 700 items like coats, gloves and hats. Last year, Susie’s Coats collected and distributed 4000 items to 1900 people at two distribution locations.
Susie’s Coats also provides free warm winter apparel through United Way 211 and the Kinship Navigator Program as well as the Toledo Public Schools, Bowling Green Schools, Woodmore Schools, and schools in Hancock and Sandusky Counties.
To date, Susie’s Coats, has collected and distributed over 20,000 warm apparel items, such as new and gently used coats, gloves and hats due to the generosity of family, friends and the community of NW Ohio.
Susie’s Coats has inspired many churches, community service groups, private individuals, clubs and children to collect items of warm apparel and hold fund raising events in support of their mission.
Susie’s Coats Mission:
Susie’s Coats is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others by providing free, warm apparel during the winter months, for anyone in need.