A special series on the 5 Giving Tuesdays—a campaign launched by the Case Foundation to celebrate the gift of giving this holiday season. Each week we will feature stories and resources showcasing the different ways you can give back to make a greater impact in your community.
Today we’re kicking off the fourth week of our 5 Giving Tuesdays campaign with a special focus on giving the gift of warmth—donating warm clothing items to help others in need. Why is this important? Health experts report that even a two-degree drop in body temperature can result in a reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. With those conditions, adults often cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. Yet for the now nearly 15 percent of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”
Here are three ways you can get involved today!
Commit to Give: Join in on our celebration of giving by entering The 5 Giving Tuesdays sweepstakes and help us to award $100,000 in grants and prizes ($90,000 to nonprofits | $10,000 to individuals)! We invite you to commit to “Give the Gift of Warmth” and donate warm clothing items such as coats, gloves, or scarves, or pick one of the four other featured acts of giving.
New prizes are up for grabs each week! This week 10 lucky winners will each receive a $100 shopping credit to Twice As Warm, a clothing retailer specializing in warm weather gear and accessories. The purchase of each product results in a donation of the same item to an individual in need. Enter today!
One Warm Coat: One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to collect coats and distribute them to people in need, free of charge. The organization helps individuals, groups, companies, and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them in their local communities. One Warm Coat’s goal is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat can get one. Providing this simple yet vital need helps people live productive lives year round. Nearly 4 million coats have been collected and distributed through One Warm Coat activities since 1992.
Twice As Warm: Twice As Warm is a movement to help neighbors in need stay warm. Each purchase of Twice As Warm apparel is matched with a donation of their same apparel to children and families in need. The organization’s mission is to provide warmth, hope, and support to people in need, and create a sustainable way of providing new winter clothing.
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