The 37th Annual John Dodge Coat Drive Returns on November 12

November 3, 2022
John Dodge, collecting coats along Great Road during the 2015 drive – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

The Bedford tradition of the John Dodge Coat Drive to “Help the Homeless” is back on Nov. 12 for the 37th year.

Collect your clean, gently used men and women’s cold weather outerwear (coats, hats, scarves, and gloves) and drop them off at 167 Great Rd from 8 a.m. until dusk. 

John Dodge was a Bedford resident who, according to his 2016 obituary, “made it his mission in life to do what he could to make a difference in the lives of people who were ‘down on their luck.’” Dodge’s family and friends continue his mission by collecting hundreds of jackets each year to bring to the homeless men and women receiving support through St. Francis House in Boston. 

Bedford TV showcased John Dodge at his Coat Drive in a short video in 2013:

For more information on St. Francis House or to make a financial donation:

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