Corks for Coats – 6 Steps to Organizing a Coat Drive in Your Community
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)
One Warm Coat is an organization that started with a weekend coat drive in San Francisco and has grown leaps and bounds to become a national nonprofit, collecting coats for those in need across the country. Since 1992, they’ve given away close to 4 million coats!
We chose to support One Warm Coat through our Corks for Coats campaign this holiday season. For every cork sent to our Clubhouse in Napa, we will donate $1 toward purchasing coats to help keep people in need warm this winter, up to a maximum donation of $10,000. Read all the details here.
Along with sending in your corks, there’s another way to get involved on the ground in your own community – hold a coat drive!
Here are the steps from One Warm Coat outlining how to hold your own coat drive (you may also download their full Guidebook here that includes more detailed instructions):
Select your nonprofit agency. Start with One Warm Coat’s directory here. One Warm Coat suggests performing a Google search for “homeless assistance + your town” or taking a look in your telephone directory and notes that churches and food banks often distribute coats to those in need.
Make it official! Register your drive with One Warm Coat for access to free online tools and resources and they’ll even send you a free packet of promotional materials to use at your drive.
Promote it! Get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email, text and over the phone. Use One Warm Coat’s free Tools and Resources to help publicize your drive.
Collect and deliver coats. Be sure to take lots of photos to share throughout the entire drive. When you’re ready to drop off your coats, One Warm Coat recommends calling the agency to confirm your delivery plans.
Share your success! Fill out One Warm Coat’s Share Your Success form online so that the coats you collected are counted toward their goal. Send them your stories and pictures so they can spotlight your drive. Post your pictures to our Wine Sisterhood Facebook Pageand be sure to tag @winesisterhood on Twitter so we can share your success too!
Thank you for Helping a Sister Out this holiday season, Wine Sisters!