Free Coat Exchange encourages a different kind of exchange on Black Friday

Published: Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM EST
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People browsed the racks at the 1st Annual Free Coat Exchange in 2010.
People browsed the racks at the 1st Annual Free Coat Exchange in 2010.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some people have a coat they don't need. Some people need a coat they don't have. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, those people will be brought together for the 4th Annual Free Coat Exchange.

The idea is simple: search your closet for a coat you no longer want and bring it to one of several locations in Louisville and New Albany. If you need a coat, come to any of the same locations and take one with no questions asked. There is no registration and no qualification process.

The Coat Exchange in Louisville was the brainchild of Ted Leobenberg, president of Brokers Unlimited, Inc. Professional Auctioneers. Leobenberg coordinated several successful coat drives in his native Rhode Island and decided to bring the initiative to Louisville in 2010.

This year, the Coat Exchange has expanded to 11 sites, nine of which will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, November 29:


The Green Building (parking lot)
732 E. Market St.

Schmitt's Florist (parking lot)
5050 Poplar Level Road

Grace Immanuel United Church of Christ
1612 Story Ave.

Westport Road Baptist Church
9705 Westport Road

Save-A-Lot Food Store
4148 Taylor Blvd.

Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church (community center)
4017 Dixie Hwy.

St. Paul AME Church
1518 S. 28th St.

The Clifton Center
2117 Payne St.

The Fashion Post (DROP OFF SITE ONLY through November 26)
2420 Lime Kiln Lane, Suite F

St. Luke's Episcopal Church (DROP OFF SITE ONLY through November 27)
1206 Maple Ln.
Anchorage, KY

New Albany

YMCA of New Albany
33 State Street

Leftover coats will be donated to various local programs, including the Clothing Assistance Program (CAP) at Jefferson County Public Schools.

For more information about the 4th Annual Free Coat Exchange, click here.

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