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Michael S. Winkler
State Coats for Kids
Phone: (253) 459-4756

 Coats For Kids

 Provide warmth for deserving
 children during cold winter months.

Families struggling to make ends meet use their scarce resources to meet the most basic needs and cannot always afford the vital essential of a new winter coat. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in north America goes without a coat during the winter season. Through the dedication of councils across the United States and Canada, hundreds of thousands of new winter coats have been distributed to children since program inception.

Councils across north America can purchase new winter coats for children in need at a discount and distribute them in their local communities. A featured program, Coats for Kids counts for two credits toward the Columbian award.

Washington State Knights of Columbus

Coats For Kids Program

2022 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


FAQs as of July 23, 2022


FAQ #1If my council wishes to participate in Supreme’s matching program for Coats for Kids, do we still order coats we are paying for from Knightsgear?

Answer:  To participate in the matching program, rather than using the main Coats for Kids website order form you must use the special Washington State Coats for Kids website created specifically for Washington State Councils.  The link is

FAQ #2:  How do I request matching cases from Supreme?

Answer:  For this year, if you submit your order through the special Washington State Coats for Kids checkout page AND submit a copy of your order along with your payment by check to the Washington State Coats for Kids Chair Mike Winkler, your order will also serve as your matching order request.  That is, the cases in your matching order will be identical to the order you paid for.  In the future we may be able to allow you to select different types of cases with your matching request.  However, this checkout site is a test site this year and we currently do not have that capability. 

FAQ #3If I order through the special Washington State Coats for Kids website, who do I make the check out to and where do I mail payment to?

Answer:  Checks are to be made out to Columbus Charities. Mail the check along with a copy of your receipt to Michael Winkler, 1448 Montgomery Street, DuPont, WA 98327.  Checks are due by September 9th. The State Council is not set up to accept credit card payment.   Note that your payment must be received before Washington State approves the final order with Knightsgear. Councils that order coats on this site but do not submit payment by September 9th will be removed from the order list provided by Knightsgear. 

FAQ #4:  Do I pay taxes on my coats order? 

Answer:  You will not be charged taxes IF you order your coats through the special Washington State Coats for Kids website and submit your council check written out to Columbus Charities.  However, if you order directly from and pay through their website you will be charged taxes.

FAQ #5:  Who can order from the Washington State Coats for Kids website?

Answer:  Only Washington State Councils and Assemblies can order from this site and all payments must be made from an established Council or Assembly checking account.  All checks must be written out to Columbus Charities. 

FAQ #6:  What is the time period that the Washington State Coats for Kids Chair will be accepting orders for coats?

Answer:  The last day you can order from this site is 1 September.  The State Council will place the consolidated order with Knightsgear O/A 10 September.  As noted above, your advance payment must be received by 9 September or your order will not be included.

FAQ #7:  If my council orders our coats through the special Washington State Coats for Kids website, where will our coats be shipped to?

Answer:  Both the coats your council is paying for and those approved by Supreme under the matching program will be shipped to one of our designated distribution points. A list of the distribution points is attached to this set of FAQs.  When placing your order, you must enter the address of the distribution point closest to you.  Do NOT enter the address of your council.  You will be notified when they arrive and will need to pick up your coats from the distribution point. 

FAQ #8: If my council doesn’t want to participate in Supreme’s matching program, can we still order coats from Knightsgear and have them shipped directly to our location (not a distribution point)?

Answer: Yes, you could still order the coats for your council through the regular Coats for Kids website at but you will not receive the extra free case(s) as part of the state matching program.   In addition, since you are not ordering through Columbus Charities, you will be charged taxes on your order. In this case, remember to NOT use the special Washington State Coats for Kids website to place your order. 

FAQ #9:  What is the Coats for Kids requirements to get credit for the Columbian Award?

Answer:  Ordering 6 or more cases will earn your council double credit.  Ordering 5 or less cases, purchasing locally, or doing a churchwide coat drive will earn 1 credit.



FAQ #10:  Are matching coats from Supreme guaranteed?

Answer:  No.  However, Supreme will continue to do everything possible to support this program.  While we cannot guarantee that you will receiving matching coats, our councils have been very fortunate in the past to receive matching coats and we are very appreciative of Supreme’s support. 

FAQ #11:  Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Answer:  Washington State Coats for Kids Chair Mike Winkler,, cell phone 253-459-4756


Washington State Coats for Kids Established Distribution Points

Note:  When placing your order on the special Washington State website, place contact information and the address of the nearest distribution point in the SHIPPING blocks.


Greg Hanson

Saint Mary’s Church

304 S. Adams Road

Spokane Valley, WA 99216


Phone: 509-638-8535


Federico Lopez

1884 North Granger Road

Zillah, WA 98953


Cell:  509-945-7222


Deacon Ken Ellis

2408 West 24th Avenue

Kennewick, WA 99337


Cell: 509-984-4355


Gary Cloninger

16318 74th Ave. NW

Stanwood, WA 98292


Cell: 360 – 618 – 2099


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Patrick DiJulio

Western Van & Storage

8521 S. 190th

Kent, WA 98031


Work Phone:  425-251-3400


Bill Dewey

9245 Morningside Drive NW

Silverdale, WA 98383


Cell:  360-621-7790


Steven Bullimore

7122 Turquoise Drive SW

Lakewood, WA 98498


Cell: 650-678-4749


Steven Henderson

553 North V Street

Washougal, WA 98671


Phone: 360-281-8379


Additional Resources

Coats for Kids - Supreme Resouce