Coats for Kids 2014HUGSS & Coats for Kids events help prepare children from low-income households for school. With the help of our generous donors and sponsors, HUGSS is an annual collaboration with a number of other local nonprofits and for-profit organizations to provide basic school supplies to thousands of children. Additionally, Coats for Kids provides coats statewide, distributed through The Salvation Army Alaska's local corps to keep children warm in our coldest state; this important event would not be possible without the faithful support of Fred Meyer and other sponsors.

In addition to Fred Meyer, our HUGSS and Coats for Kids partners include: Anchorage School District, Catholic Social Services, Lutheran Social Services, The Salvation Army, 3M, Carlile Transportation, Fireweed Cleaners, First National Bank of Alaska, Fred Meyer, Providence Health & Services Alaska, SMG Group/Sullivan Arena, TOTE, Walmart, Wells Fargo, and others.

2014's distribution in Anchorage was Wednesday,  August 13, 2014 at the Sullivan Arena. The  following is archived information from 2014. Information for 2015 will be posted as it is made available.

Updates may also be found at the Lutheran Social Services website.

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2014 HUGSS (Helping Us Give School Supplies) & Coats for Kids

Frequently Asked Questions

Recipient 

Who is eligible?

  • Children from low-income families enrolled in the Anchorage School District (grades K-12). Parents or guardians are the only ones eligible to receive supplies for their children. Click here to download the event flier.

When can I come?

  • Wednesday, August 13th - One Day Only - 9:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or until supplies last) 

Where can I get an application?

  • Applications are only available on distribution day (Aug. 13th) at the Sullivan Arena - there is no pre-registration required.

Do I need to bring my children?  

  • No, it is not necessary to bring your child if you know the correct spelling of the student's name, the grade they will be entering and the school they will be attending. 


Do you have a question that we didn't answer? Just email us at hugss@gci.net.

 Donor/Volunteer 

How can I volunteer during the event?


May I host a collection drive at my work or church?

Where can I donate my coats?

  • New coats and gently used clean coats with working zippers can be donated at Lutheran Social Services of Alaska at 1303 West 33rd Avenue and Fireweed One Cleaners (500 Fireweed Lane). After August 11th items need to be taken directly to the Sullivan Arena.  

How can I make a donation to help purchase supplies?

  • Click here or send a check made out to HUGSS & Coats to Lutheran Social Services of Alaska at 1303 West 33rd Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503.  
  • UPDATE (Aug. 1, 2014) - Cash donations are now also being accepted online by HUGSS, at https://www.crowdrise.com/hugss.

  • UPDATE (Aug. 1, 2014) Look for donation bins at the following Anchorage businesses: Fred Meyer (all Anchorage stores - buy and donate); The Alaska Club (all Anchorage locations - drop off).

 Do you have a question that we didn't answer? Just email us at hugss@gci.net.

 Partnering to prepare Anchorage kids for a successful school year:
Anchorage School District, Catholic Social Services, Lutheran Social Services, The Salvation Army, 3M, Carlile Transportation, Fireweed Cleaners, First National Bank of Alaska, Fred Meyer, Providence Health & Services Alaska, SMG Group/Sullivan Arena, TOTE, Walmart and Wells Fargo.