November 1, 2009

ONE WARM COAT ~ A HEARTWARMING CAUSE

Is your child's school, club, or team looking for a way to make a difference in their community this winter? 

Consider a "ONE WARM COAT" DRIVE:  It's as easy as printing up a flyer, setting out a box, and registering with "One Warm Coat" online  to get connected with agencies in your area that will distribute the coats to people in need during the cold winter months. 

"Take a peek in your closet,
garage or chest
to help out those not quite so blessed.
Should you find a coat
you do not wear
Just bring it here to show you care.
It’s getting cold
And you may find
It warms your heart to be so kind.

Coats and Jackets: New and old
Recycled here to fight the cold .
It doesn’t matter: Big or small
Our humble box accepts them all."

                                ~ Troop #2033's One Warm Coat Poem
I am proud to say that this will be the third year that my daugher's Brownie troop will be organizing a "One Warm Coat" drive at Forest Grove School.  The first year the girls put out a big box in front of the school office that looked like a stack of presents.  Nearly two-hundred new and used coats were generously donated by families from the school.  When the drive was over, a representative from the Salvation Army came and spoke to the girls about what their organization does, and took the coats for distribution to the families of migrant farm workers in our area. 


The second year we created a "Warmth-o-Meter" out of foam board:  as the donations came in the mercury rose indicating how much warmth the collective generosity was generating.  We collected more than 500 coats!  The girls were excited!  The school was excited!  And a representative from Monterey County Family to Family came to recieve the coats and talk to the girls about the role they play in our community helping women and families that are without homes. 

This year the box and Warmth-O-Meter are back and the donations have been pouring in!  It's so simple and so rewarding! 

There are no costs required to organize a One Warm Coat drive.
Most tools and resources are available on the website, free of charge.

To organize a coat drive in your community, simply:

1)  Visit ONE WARM COAT and register your drive
2)  Distribute a flyer asking for donations.  Here's a copy of ours.  Please feel free to use some of the text and/or poem for your drive.
one warm coat

3)  Connect with a local charity that will distribute the coats you've collected to people in need.   ONE WARM COAT can help you do this on their website. 

9 comments:

  1. That's a fabulous cause! We have a silimar drive at our elementary school every year. It's heart warming to see so many people still give to charity when the economy is bad. I took a donation to the Salvation Army several weeks ago and I had to wait in line behind five cars. When I left, I noticed at least seven or eight more cars behind me.

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  2. Our church is doing something similar. We're giving them to a women's shelter and to a foster care agency. Great cause!

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  3. What a great way to teach charity to children, good luck with the drive!

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  4. What a wonderful thing to do. I love this : ) I am stopping over from SITS and so glad I did. Thank you for your kindness to the less fortunate!

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  5. This is such an awesome thing to do. My husband alone could warm up a town. And I cannot believe those cakes to the left. The Coors Light, the crab? You did those? Amazing.

    Thank so much for sharing my SITS day last week!!!!!!!

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  6. Thank YOU for letting more people know how easy it is to create a One Warm Coat drive in their community.
    All the very best,
    Sherri at One Warm Coat

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  7. That sounds like an awesome cause. I'm a member of our local Junior League. We work with our local foster youth and provide them with new coats and the necessities.

    Stopping by from SITS!

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  8. Good for you posting this!

    P.S. -- I snagged your button :)

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  9. This is one of the best and easiest ways to help out...Joe grows so fast I always have a few jackets.

    Holly

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