Thursday, September 19, 2013

Coats for a Cause

As the season is beginning to change, and here in the Midwest that can happen over night and come unexpectedly, I have realized how blessed my family is.  Grace has never gone hungry or cold and the same can be said for both my husband and myself. I wish every family was as blessed but sadly this is not the case.

So, in an effort to make a difference, I have decided to launch 'Coats for a cause'. 


How can you help?

Clean out your closet.  If you have a gently used coat that no longer fits or that you no longer wear...donate it! 

If you want to participate but you don't have any outgrown, unused coats visit your local thrift stores.  Often times, they have gently used coats you could buy and then donate.

Where can you donate?

The list is endless.  Where I typically will gather a bag and donate to Goodwill, Goodwill does not give your item directly to those in need instead they sell your item and profits go to fund their mission (which is a great mission).

SO, contact a local school in your area.  Most schools will have websites that list a staff directory.  Try and locate the social worker's email, reach out and ask how you can help.  The school social worker will know of families that are in need and your donation can make an immediate different to a child or family in your own community. 

Contact a local church.  Churches can be another great resource in finding a child or family that needs your help.  Some churches have clothing drives and will give families an opportunity to come and 'shop' for what they need free of charge.

Contact Purple Heart or another charitable organization that will process your donations directly to those in need.

Have any other resources you could recommend?  Please leave me a comment and I'll add it to the list.

How many coats can *we*, this community of blog readers and blog writers donate?

I would love to have 40 coats donated by the end of the year.  40!  Easy, right?  I'll be keeping a tally on my sidebar of coats donated.  I'll update it weekly so we can keep track of the difference we are making.

Once you've donated a coat, you can leave me a comment here or on facebook.  You can send me an email at whilewearingheels {at} gmail (dot) com OR you can share a description of up your donation in the' Coats for a Cause' link party, which opens today and will remain open until the end of the year.

Feel free to share the button or help promote 'Coats for a Cause'. Let's make a difference!

While Wearing Heels



How many coats have you donated?

18 comments:

  1. Well I must have read your mind. I donated several coats and winter clothing items at Goodwill yesterday. :) We definitely had some we could spare, and I knew that others would be able to use. Great idea, Amy.

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  2. What a great idea! I don't have any coats, but will see what I can do!

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  3. Amy, you can go ahead and add 4 to your sidebar. I went through Bella's jackets from last year and none were going to fit. I took them to the school this afternoon and they were so happy to get them! They already knew who needed them too. Great idea!!

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    1. Thank you so much Amy. You just made my day. I really appreciate your donation!

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  4. what a great idea, Winter is over here but that is a great time to get rid of any outgrown coats I will let you know.

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  5. What a fabulous idea Amy! Every fall we go through our closest to see what we can donate. There are usually some charity coat collections in our area. I'll let you know when the time comes.

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  6. Great idea!! There is always such a need in our community for kids. Mitts and hats too. I try and give every year.

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  7. What a fantastic cause, Amy! I just passed a bunch of coats onto my girlfriend, but I will see if I have any other warm clothes to be passed on. We have a pretty mild climate here, so I can't imagine what it is like to live through a severe winter to not have warm clothes!

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  8. This is such a great thing to do Amy! Here in Michigan it gets COLD and I know I have some extra coats to get rid of. I love that Amy Mayen said that the school already knew who needed the coats she took in. I'm going to take mine up to the local school here. But I'm going to ask my mom and sister if they have any first. I'll let you know how many I get :)

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  9. You have such a good heart, my friend! I did a massive clean-out before school started and donated a few coats to AmVets (who will be selling them to fund their mission--do I take it that doesn't count?) I'll see if I can dig any others out. We're kind of short on real coats around here, lol...

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  10. You have such a good heart, my friend! I did a massive clean-out before school started and donated a few coats to AmVets (who will be selling them to fund their mission--do I take it that doesn't count?) I'll see if I can dig any others out. We're kind of short on real coats around here, lol...

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  11. I usually donate coats to the Foster Childrens Association....So many times those kids leave their homes in a hurry and don't even have a coat! This is a great idea and I will share your post this week Amy! I'm putting your button on my side bar now.

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  12. Awesome post! I'm adding your link to my side bar:)

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    1. Thank you so much Michele. I really appreciate that!

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  13. Just wanted to let you know that my sister, mom, grandmother and I just got around 5 coats and I took them up to the elementary school. They were very happy to get them :)

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  14. i misunderstood initially and thought you wanted the coats to donate somewhere, so glad I read that before i brought you them haha (that would have been embarrassing!). So anyway, 3 coats.

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