One Warm Coat, Giving The Gift of Warmth

by Jenn

Wow, the holiday are seriously right around the corner!  If you haven’t taken the time to teach your kids the importance of giving back there seriously couldn’t be a better time.  There is a number of things you can do to make a difference in your community and I wanted to share a bit about a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping people warm.  One Warm Coat in an amazing organization that is dedicated to providing a warm, free coat to any person who is in need and making it fun and extremely easy.

Just think for a moment what it would be like to be without a warm jacket during the winter months.  Now, imagine your kids being without a warm jacket during the winter months.  It’s definitely not a place many of us think about but there are plenty of people out there who need help staying warm as the temperatures drop and it’s a great reminder for yourself and way to teach your kids not only the importance of giving back but just how easy giving back can be but what a large impact it can have on someone’s life.

Giving back can be an awesome way for you and your children to bond while giving back to the community you live it and One Warm Coat makes giving back and making that difference in your community easy, even this close to the holiday season.

One Warm Coat, Giving The Gift of WarmthWho is One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat begin in 1992, their first ever coat drive was on a Thanksgiving weekend in San Francisco, California.  Since then they have grown into a national organization collecting over 5 million coats and supporting 3,500 coat drives every year.  They are dedicated to providing warm coats free of charge to anyone in need and they have been recognized with several awards, rankings and accolades such as Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits and Gold Star Non Profit but Guidestar.  One Warm Coat as collaborated with several top companies such as Delta, J. Crew, Coca-Cola, Brooks Brothers and many others to provide warmth to those in need.  If you would like to learn more about One Warm Coat you can visit their website OneWarmCoat.com.

Check out what One Warm Coat does for the community every year.

  • Another awesome thing about One Warm Coat is that every year they create opportunities for about 600,000 to receive a warm coat.  I’m sure you can imagine that this touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Support over 3,500 coat drive organizers by providing them with free materials, tools, resources and instructions to get things rolling.
  • One Warm Coat also hosts and maintains their searchable database so everyone can easily find coat drives across North America.
  • Assists over 1000 community agencies in getting the coats they need.
  • Works with over 1,000 companies and brands to help engage their employees and customers to donate their unneeded coats and give the gift of warmth.

So how does One Coat work?

It’s rather simple really, One Warm Coat provides anyone who wants to hold a coat drive with all the tools and resources needed to hold a coat drive in 6 easy steps.  When you visit the One Warm Coat website you’ll find great tools to help you promote, plan and get your coat drive started.

To get started you will need to register with One Warm Coat as an Ambassador and One Warm Coat will send out materials needed to host your coat drive.  You’ll receive things such as stickers, a banner, box labels and more.

After you have collected the coats they will be distributed in your community to anyone who is in need. They are free, and there is no discrimination or obligation through the organization’s network of non-profit partners.

How to donate a coat

If you would like to donate a coat to One Warm Coat you can visit the One Warm Coat drive locator to find a coat drive near you.

How you or your organization can hold a coat drive.

You can even host a coat drive!  Yes, and they are super easy and an idea activity for things such as:

People seeking to add a philanthropic part to an upcoming family gathering or party

  • Community members finding ways to give back during the winter months
  • Professionals who would like to engage their colleagues in a good cause
  • People who may be moving or looking for ways to recycle
  • Corporations and Brands who want to make a difference in the communities where their employees and customers work and live

Who should hold a coat drive?

Anyone can hold a coat drive but they are easy to host and an ideal activity for parents, students, and teachers who are looking to have a positive impact within their community.

Whether you go through your closets together and pick out coats they don’t wear anymore to donate, or host your own drive, you can truly have a fun bonding experience while also helping out the community and those in need!  You can decorate the donation box with stickers provided by One Warm Coat too! They’ll love it – it will be fun!

One Warm Coat has the goal of collecting 1 million coats this season. Now you and your children can have an activity to do together while also teaching the importance of giving back.

To learn more or find a coat drive near you head over to OneWarmCoat.com.

How are you giving back to your community this holiday season?  Remember if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late and your gift of warmth will be very much appreciated by someone.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of One Warm Coat, an organization we love and would love to see your support as well.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

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