Be A Hero

Accepting donations for gently used coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, and snow boots.

Be A Hero. Donate And Stand Against Domestic Violence

We collected over 43,000 winter wear items and raised $20,000 for them. This year we have set goals of 3,000 winter wear items and $15,000.00 in donations. Please help us reach our goals so that we can help so many others!

our Superheros

Victoria Kuzlik


My name is Victoria Kuzlik. My family and I were victims of domestic violence about 8 years ago. I had an idea to start a coat drive for those who helped me out so much. It started in the middle school here in Byron, where I was a 6th grader at the time. It grew very quickly from there. If we can make a difference in one persons life and help them move out of a violent situation or touch one child’s heart to let them know that none of what has happened is in anyway their fault, then it is all worth it.



Robert Kuzlik


My name is Robert Kuzlik. I am so proud of what my daughter has done with this event. She could of let these circumstances make her a bitter and non-trusting person. Yet she has taken what has been a very large negative in her life and made it into a very positive one that will continue to help many others in that type of situations in the future! Please help her to reach her goals this year in order to reach out to as many families as she can. Thank you!

Those We Are Helping

The shelters that benefit from our organization are below. By donating to Coats For Hope you are supporting these shelters and their mission across the Illinois/Wisconsin stateline. For more information regarding shelters please contact us.

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Make A Difference

The 7th annual Coats for Hope begins October 23, 2021!
Victoria Kuzlik wants to personally invite you to help out and contribute.

How It Started

My dad and I were victims of domestic violence about 8 years ago. The YWCA of Sterling, IL helped us out by providing counseling for me for over 2 years. In December of 2016, my dad bought me some new coats and I asked: “what should I do with the old ones”. He told me to put them on the floor and we would find somebody who needs them. Later that evening, I had an idea to start a coat drive for those who helped me out so much and it grew very quickly from there.

Show Your Support

Click here to grab an official Coats for Hope hoodie. 100% of the proceeds go to benefiting the CFH cause in a stand against domestic violence!

Where To Donate

Looking for a place to donate? Click here to see donation locations and how you can help make a difference.