About Us

Button & Zipper is a coat drive, organized in 2013, to help Chicagoans in need to stay warm during our city’s long and grueling winter months. In 2016, we expanded our efforts to Denver.

In our first season, we were fortunate to collect and distribute 845 coats to Chicago’s homeless and at-risk youth. Our second season, we boosted that number to distribute 1,380 coats. Our third season year totaled a collection of an astounding 4,319 coats. The fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons, we exceeded distributing over 5,000 coats and jackets throughout the Chicagoland and Denver Metro. We are very excited about how our seventh season will benefit the communities we continue to serve as we project to distribute 10,000+ coats and jackets!

During the coldest winter on record in 30 years, our hearts were warmed by the generosity of friends, neighbors and total strangers, who took the time to pull out and donate coats they were no longer using.

We’re looking for men’s, women’s and children’s outerwear. Homelessness is not limited to adults. These items will be distributed to homeless shelters, youth organizations, and individuals on the streets throughout the Chicagoland area this winter.

We are grateful for our Coat Drive Champions for their continued support and assistance!


In The Press

Thank you to the local press for supporting our coat drive and helping share our efforts throughout the Chicagoland communities:

Daily Herald – Prospect kicks off season of giving with a Winter Coat Drive: Read article

Medill Reports Chicago: Read article

Lakeview Chamber of CommerceRead article

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider’s Guide: Read article

Lakeview Patch: Read article

The Sister Project: Read article

Daily Herald – Prospect holiday coat drive helps Chicago children stay warm: Read article