Cleaning out closets this winter? Looking for a family project or an activity for your club or group to give back and help those in need during the cold months ahead?
Here are some great places to donate unneeded cold weather clothing such as winter hats, scarves, boots and winter coats. Thank you to Woman’s Day Magazine, December 2013 issue for putting this list together.
Do you know of other organizations collecting winter gear for the needy? Send me your suggestion so I can add it to this list.
One Warm Coat– www.onewarmcoat.org – Every donated coat stays within your community. Search the site for local coat drives or drop-off locations from now through February.
Share Your Soles – http://shareyoursoles.org/ – accepts all kinds of gently worn shoes, but snow boots are in high demand. You can mail in your boots and they will be hand delivered to impoverished communities. The group has provided nearly 2 million pairs of shoes to those in need.
Hats 4 the Homeless – http://www.hats4thehomeless.org/ – donates hats and other winter essentials to churches, soup kitchens, shelters and veterans’ hospitals. You can set up a collection box and send the organization homemade knit caps or new store-bought hats.
Scarves with a Purpose – www.scarveswithapurpose.com – Collects your handmade scarves and attaches a sweet card to each creation to let the recipient know that it was made with love. The organization mails them to low-income schools, homeless shelters and other groups that request them. Last year, they sent more than 400 scarves to Hurricane Sandy victims.
More with Less Today tip – you can often find new and nearly new winter clothing at your local Goodwill or thrift store. You can purchase these items to donate and really stretch your giving dollars.
How about setting up a collection area at your job or school? I am going to approach my boss today and see if we can start collecting items to donate.