Love in Action Week: Day 5 – One warm coat.

November 30, 2017

This is something that we may often think about, but don’t know where to turn to help the homeless in our cities. In Atlanta alone there are 7,000 homeless men, women, and children. That is a heartbreaking number! In the U.S. (which is considered a wealthy country) over a half a million people were reported homeless.

Children have such big hearts, and are always so eager to serve. When I mentioned I was trying to find coats to bring to people who don’t have a home to keep warm in, my kids started offering their currant coats to give. So of course it made me think I should probably go through my own stack. I love a good coat, and have collected a stash that I don’t actually NEED. I went through all of our coats and realized we had two bags worth of children’s and adult coats. I admit it was a little hard to part with some of my favorites, but I would rather them be put to use to keep someone warm this season.

If you are not sure where to start, organizations like One Warm Coat help you find local places to donate gently used or new coats to distribute to the local shelters. Some places offer ways to even schedule a pick up of items like Salvation Army. J.Crew and Madewell were offering discounts if you brought in a coat to donate. Any other ideas? Leave them below!

I hope these posts have been helpful for you as you figure out ways to give back this year!

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  • Your kids are the sweetest. Like mother, like children! 🙂 The other day I donated a huge pile of my toys too. It feels good to declutter and help someone who’s in more need of the items.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • One of Macy’s Black Friday sales was $50 kid coats for $15. I bought four to give to families at the charity I work for. The holiday sales are such a good opportunity to get people great things. Next year I want to get a real fund together for some more shopping.

    • Carrie that is amazing! I often think about how it is easy to give up our used coats, but harder to give up ones we like or gift new ones! What a difference a good warm coat in good condition could make for someone:)

      • Having been poor and working in low income communities, I’m really conscious of kids feeling like after thoughts or second best. There’s nothing wrong with used things but it’s only natural to feel happier and more confident when you have new things.

  • Each year I try to purge my family’s coats to donate. Amazing how coats accumulate and how many we really don’t need! Burlington Coat Factory also collects them, and I think they even give you a store coupon when you do 🙂

  • This is such a great idea! We have so much old warm weather stuff we don’t use anymore!


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