Warm Coats and Warm Hugs – From Paddington Bear and Some Very Special Friends

Sherri and Paddington BearSherri and an awesome troop of Dallas-area Girl Scouts helped Paddington Bear and friends with a coat drive today at the North Park Center before an advanced screening of the Paddington Bear movie. Sherri reports that her heart was warmed through and through by some children who came to the movie and donated their coats on the spot so that other children will be warm. Sometimes the youngest among us care the most–and we are fortunate to be there when they show it. We thank them all for making One Warm Coat part of their work to warm up their community this winter.

Carly’s Act of Kindness

Carly GToday we salute Carly G. of Erdenheim (PA) for providing the warmth of a good coat to 90 people in her area. During her recent coat drive project, Carly learned about the need for warm coats in her community, met with local service agency leaders, used new tools to plan, organize, and publicize her drive, and led the effort to collect and deliver the donated coats. Through it all, she made community friendships that can last a lifetime–and it all started with her desire to improve the lives of others. Congratulations, Carly! Your commitment and drive are an inspiration to us all!

An Update From Our Partners in Warmth!

Container1_blogToday, we’re happy to share news from some of our Agency partners and The Container Store teams they’re working with during The Container Store’s holiday coat drive. The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) in Hempstead (NY), partnering with The Container Store in Westbury, and the Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police in Reston (VA), partnering with The Container Store’s new store in Reston, have both received over 100 coats already! Your extra warm coat can be part of the story, too! When you donate it now through December 31st, The Container Store team and an agency partner near you will ensure that it is given to someone in need promptly. We thank everyone who is contributing to this nationwide coat drive. We’re very proud to call you our partners in warmth!

On “Giving Tuesday,” Give the Gift of Warmth

2014_Giving TuesdayWhat follows our day of giving thanks, Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Giving Tuesday, of course! This year, we invite you to join us in this special day of generosity and giving back.

A drop in body temperature of only two degrees puts children and adults at risk. A warm coat helps to solve the problem. You can help three ways:

– Locate a coat drive near you and donate your coat.
Donate funds through our website to support our coat drive program. While there, choose a delightful e-card on behalf of a friend or family member.
– Contribute to our crowdrise crowd-funding drive or start one of your own with One Warm Coat as the beneficiary. We will automatically receive your group’s donated funds and your tax deduction will be easy.

With your help, at-risk children and adults can receive life-giving warmth right now, when it is needed the most. We thank you for giving back with One Warm Coat on Giving Tuesday and every day.

Heartfelt Thanks

CornucopiaBOn this day of giving thanks, we are deeply grateful for the commitment and caring that inspires our friends to share their bounty with those in need. Although it’s been said before, it’s still a heartfelt wish: May all the good you do come back to you. – The team at One Warm Coat

13 is a Lucky Number for Those in Need in San Francisco’s Bay Area!

2014 KTVU 2 LogoThis Thanksgiving, Lisa Yokota and her team kick off the 13th annual KTVU Channel 2 Bay Area Coat Drive! Teams at bay area shopping centers and participating UPS Stores and Big O Tires stores are returning to help spread warmth across the entire region. Participating stores and centers are accepting coats through the year end holidays. To find a store near you, just enter your zip code into our Locator. At Thanksgiving and throughout the winter, we continue to be grateful for the hundreds of KTVU team members, Bay area Brownies and Girl Scouts, volunteers from local social service agencies and other dedicated friends who make this drive possible year after year.

The Perfect Time to Hold a Coat Drive

2014-calendar fullOur Coat Drive Manager, Sarah, reports that new friends are asking, “Is there still time to hold a coat drive?” Our short and enthusiastic answer: YES! Now is the perfect time. The need for warm coats grows as the cold winds blow and snow begins to fall. Frigid temperatures have hit many parts of the country already, and winter doesn’t start (formally) until mid-December. Why not get out your calendar and plan your coat drive today? Click here to register and get started. Your neighbors in need will be very thankful.

Our Heartfelt Thanks to Those Who Serve

US+flag+American+This week, many of our friends have chosen to honor the dedication of our returning U.S. service men and women with coat drives. Teams at the Veteran & Military Support Center in Bremerton (WA), Paradise Village/Veterans Village in San Diego (CA) and across the country welcome veterans home and support them as they re-enter their home and business lives. We are very proud to be part of the service they provide to those who have served us so well.

The Container Store Does It Again!

Container1_blogThey’ve got some containers filled with air, waiting for your coats to share! Starting today, The Container Store is holding its fourth annual One Warm Coat drive in stores across the country. Please visit your nearest store now through December 31st. We are extremely thankful to be part of this generous sponsor’s work in their communities again this year. With your help, we can make this year’s coat drive a very ful-FILL-ing opportunity for all!

Join Eddie Bauer and Us to Warm Up North America!

OneWarmCoat_Ad_FullPage_700pxStarting today—across North America—teams at Eddie Bauer stores launch their 2014 Fall coat drive with One Warm Coat! After surviving hypothermia in the 1930s, Eddie Bauer designed the very first down coat. Since then, the Eddie Bauer team has been dedicated to providing warmth to those who spend a significant amount of time out in the cold. We’re extremely proud to partner with this caring and generous sponsor this Fall to spread the warmth of a good coat to people in communities across the continent. People who donate a gently used coat on­site will receive $25 off the purchase of outerwear, valid from October 27th through October 30th. Don’t have an extra coat to share? You’re invited to text COLD to 80100. A $5 donation will go directly to One Warm Coat. $5.00 will be added to your cell phone bill. (Standard message and data rates may apply). Thank you!