This Winter, Where Will The Clothing Go?
As you know by now, we match each purchase with a donation of the same clothing to a person in need. So if you buy a winter hat, a person in need will receive a winter hat to stay warm during the winter months.
But where will the new clothing go? Who will it be helping?
It’s important to me that you know exactly how your support will be making an impact.
So let me introduce you to the following amazing groups and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people in need. We’re really looking forward to working with these groups to provide winter clothing to people that need it to stay warm. Be sure to visit a few of their websites to learn more about them. We’ll also be featuring each group in a separate blog post throughout the next few months.
The Interfaith Works Emergency Winter Shelter is in Rockville, MD and is one of the first places we donated new winter clothing to. They are in need of winter clothing for their emergency shelter and women’s and men’s shelters.
Bright Beginnings is a Children’s Homeless Shelter in Washington DC. They serve about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Their educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families.
Carpenter’s Shelter is a homeless shelter in Alexandria, VA. They are working to eliminate homelessness through respect, responsibility and results. Their emergency winter shelter provides a safe refuge for unsheltered children, women and men to prevent illness, injury and even death due to harsh weather. The shelter serves more than 300 families and individuals annually.
Miriam’s Kitchen provides free, homemade meals and high-quality support services to more than 4,000 homeless men and women each year in the DC area. Their mission is to provide individualized services that address the causes and consequences of homelessness in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, both directly and through facilitating connections in Washington, DC.
Sunday Suppers is a group of people who gather every Sunday night to reach out to homeless men, women and children on the streets of Washington, DC, offering hot meals, clothes and, most importantly, friendship. Each Sunday, they set up tables and chairs on the sidewalk, and play Motown, Soul and R&B out big speakers and share an hour and 15 minutes visiting with people at each site.
Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
The mission of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in the District of Columbia. Their trained and screened volunteers provide weekly activities, healthy snacks, and opportunities to play and learn for the children at emergency shelter and transitional housing sites in the District of Columbia. In the past eight years, 600 volunteers have served more than 1,000 children at eight playtime sites throughout the city.
Children in Public Schools
In addition to the groups listed above, we are working with school administrators to identify children that are coming to school without any winter clothing to stay warm. These are students who receive Free and Reduced Meals (FARM), funded by the government. Their families that cannot afford to provide winter clothing that will fit them, as children are quickly outgrowing their clothing. I believe this will be a great way to unsure that we’re helping people that truly need help during these tough times.
As always, you can email me or leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments.