The Need for Warm Coats

Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the now nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”

U.S. Census data September 2011 and Hypothermia, University of Maryland Medical Center

Who needs a warm coat this year?

(The answers may surprise you.)

The triple disasters of the century’s worst storms, prolonged unemployment and shrinking public-sector budgets have created a rising tide of need.

1 in 5 children live in households whose earnings fall below the poverty level in the U.S.

2010 U.S. Census

“An interesting observation came out of this project. I feared that we wouldn’t have a great need for adult coats. I was wrong. I realized that parents usually put their children first, thus neglecting themselves…”

Ponca City, OK

In 2009, 31 percent of U.S. children lived in families where no parent had full-time, year-round employment. (2.9 million more than in 2008.)

Annie E. Casey Foundation, August 2011

“We are grateful to once again be partners with the One Warm Coat drive.  Hundreds of men, women and children have benefited from this partnership.”

Rockford Rescue Mission, IL

Homelessness is defined as lack of permanent, safe, affordable night time residence. A growing population of adults, parents and children live “doubled up” with extended family.

An estimated 671,850 Americans experience homelessness on any given night.

“It was very gratifying to donate the coats in what has been one of the coldest winters in New England. 17 coats were used the night we delivered them.”

Boston, MA