Super Coat Fund 2020

We love the way the coat fund has worked the last two years. It allows us to get coats at a great price, as well as reduce the cost of shipping and the burden of returning things that don’t fit. However, that method is not COVID-19 friendly. 

In 2020, Super Coat Fund funds will be used to give $75 directly to Super Coat Fund recipients to buy or partially fund the cost of a coat of their choosing. Funds will be sent electronically. We’ll also share our suggested list of stores (mostly online) and upcoming sales for folks who need some support finding a coat. As always, community members who are BIPOC, wear larger sizes, and have not received coats before will be prioritized.

TO APPLY: Click here to apply. Applications close November 8th at 12 pm.

TO DONATE: You can donate to the Super Coat Fund via PayPal, Venmo (@hannahisdead), or Cashapp ($hannahisdead). Please write Super Coat Fund in the notes!

Donate between October 21 and November 4th and be entered to win one of two $50 Cake Plus-Size Resale gift cards! If you donate to Venmo or CashApp you must email a screenshot to bigfatsuperswap@gmail.com to enter! Paypal folks are entered automatically.

PayPal is preferred and goes directly to the Swap and is preferred, Venmo and CashApp go to Lead Organizer Hannah Clark, who will transfer the money to the Swap.

How it usually works

The Super Coat Fund is usually able to buy coats between $55 and $65 per coat by shopping sales and we meet with folks to find a coat that works best for them. In 2020 this additional cash will cover the cost of shipping coats that are ordered online, or help fund an in-person coat search for folks who receive it. 

In 2018 we were able to purchase and donate 19 coats, and in 2019 we were able to purchase and donate 34 coats to local plus size folks in the Twin Cities with donations gathered at the Big Fat and Inbetweenie Super Swaps, donations from Cake Plus-Size Resale‘s Small Business Saturday, and direct donations from folks. Our 2019 goal was 25 coats, and we’re so proud you helped us surpass that goal so easily.

We hope to return to our previous method in 2021 as it is more cost-effective and able to help more folks. However, weird times mean different methods, and who knows what next year will bring. Because the Swaps are used to fund the purchase of coats, and we’re likely unable to partner with businesses this year to give back, we likely won’t meet the same goals as last year. Super Coat Fund organizers will fill in the gap if we are unable to meet a full $75 for a final recipient. 

You can donate to the Super Coat Fund via PayPal, Venmo (@hannahisdead), or Cashapp ($hannahisdead). Please write Super Coat Fund in the notes!

The Super Coat Fund was started because folks should never have to choose between things like food and medication versus staying safe from the cold. Coats for larger bodies are both expensive and hard to find. We use our knowledge of plus size clothing and where to find it, as well as our resources to get the most coats we can for folks who need them.