Winters in Northern Virginia and D.C. can be crucial to those who are equipped with winter coats and snow suits and life threatening to those who do not. Throughout the year, TGNCK will focus on collecting coats, ranging from youth small to adult extra-large, to provide to individuals and/or families who are not in the position to protect themselves from the winter elements in Northern Virginia, Charlotte, N.C. and Columbia, S.C. Donations may be “gently used” (adequate/good condition and dry cleaned), new or in the form of a monetary donation of any amount. All donations are tax deductible. Upon final acquisition of all coats, coats will be neatly hung up and displayed for those, in need, to retrieve them. This initiative was identified to alleviate the unnecessary stress associated with not having adequate winter outerwear. Children will be able to wait for the school bus and/or walk to school in the warm comfort of a donated coat, in their size, that fits and provides protection against weather elements. Adults will be able to obtain and retain employment in the warm comfort of a donated coat, in their size, that fits and provides protection against weather elements.
“Gently used” or brand new blankets will be collected to distribute to the displaced underserved population located in the metropolitan area of D.C. during three separate community outreach events leading up to the winter months. Monetary donations in any amount that may also be contributed to acquire blankets. It is too common to observe individuals suffering from behavioral health and/or the elderly sleeping on park benches or in front of retail stores in the midst of snow storms, thunderstorms, or windy evenings with little to no outer protection. All donations must be clean.
2017 Warm Winters begins 1Oct through 31Oct and will be distributed the first week of November. Our office is not large enough to store blankets and coats for a long period of time.