3rd Annual Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive

The final months of the year not only usher in the holidays and a bustling shopping season but also some of the year's coldest weather.

Many adults and children across the country struggle during the winter months because they are unable to afford proper cold-weather attire. With so many people struggling financial because of the recession, your coat and clothing donations matter this year more than ever.

"Good Morning America," together with retailer Burlington Coat Factory and the nonprofit organization One Warm Coat, once again want to help those in need with the 3rd annual Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive.

Last year we collected 177,339 coats and the first year of the drive we collected 175,125 coats. All the coats were distributed free of charge to those in need. This year we'd like to spread the warmth even farther and wider.

Donations of coats will be accepted at more than 400 Burlington Coat Factory stores across the country from Nov. 1 - Jan. 15, 2010. Click here to find a Burlington Coat Factory near you. "GMA" audience members can donate coats at our Times Square Studios beginning Nov. 24.

Your donated coats don't have to be brand new; gently used coats are welcome.

Other types of outwear are acceptable and appreciated, like sweaters, jackets and sweatshirts. Even hats or gloves could help someone stay warm this season.

In the coming weeks, donated coats will be distributed to people in need at no cost by charities nationwide working with One Warm Coat (CLICK HERE for the list of charities).

Have a compelling story to share about a coat you donated or received? CLICK HERE to send "GMA" your story and you might be featured on air!

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