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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Representatives with the KARM Coats for the Cold drive said Thursday night the program is still in urgent need of kids' coats.

The drive was set to end on Saturday, Nov. 11, after which the coats will be placed on store racks at KARM locations across East Tennessee.

Director of Marketing for KARM Sue Renfro said the coat distribution will last from Nov. 13 to Dec. 2.

Renfro advised those who are in need of winter gear should bring a coat voucher to any location.

"Once you get your coat voucher, you're able to shop at 18 KARM stores in racks that are clearly marked and make your own choices at any time that's convenient for you and the location that's convenient," Renfro said.

According to KARM.org, "Many area churches are participating as coat voucher partners. Please contact area churches to inquire about coat vouchers."

Renfro said volunteers were also needed—each donated coat must be sorted by gender and size prior to Nov. 13 at all KARM store locations. Renfro also said volunteers were needed to display them properly from Nov. 16 to Dec. 2.

In 2016, East Tennessee donated over 6,000 coats to keep those in need warm.

Find the KARM and Prestige locations that are nearest to you for donating or receiving coats, or for volunteer opportunities:

KARM Knoxville city locations
KARM in Farragut: 10612 Kingston Pike
KARM in West Knox: 115 Sherlake Lane
KARM Christmas (seasonal): 8843 Kingston Pike
KARM in Bearden: 5917 Kingston Pike
KARM in North Knox: 314 Merchants Dr
KARM in North Knox: 3935 Western Ave
KARM in Halls: 6840 Maynardville Pike
KARM Downtown: 733 N Hall of Fame Dr
KARM in South Knox: 4221 Chapman Hwy
KARM in East Knox: 2908 Knoxville Center Dr

For all KARM locations, visit the KARM website.

Prestige in Emory: 7536 Taggart Lane
Prestige on North Peters: 264 North Peters Rd
Prestige Farragut: 11428 Kingston Pike
Prestige Downtown: 418 S. Gay St
Prestige Gettysvue Center: 8901 Linksvue Dr
Prestige in Bearden: 4837 Kingston Pike
Prestige in Hardin: 10716 Hardin Valley Rd
Prestige Merchants: 318 Merchants Dr
Prestige on Northshore: 7421 S. Northshore Dr

For all Prestige locations, visit the Prestige website.