While many of us look at a coat as an item that is meant to keep us warm, cosy, and stylish, there are plenty of less fortunate people who don’t even have that basic necessity.
How can you donate your coats to those in need? It’s actually really easy to give a coat to someone who could desperately use it. It is basically a no-effort way to do a good and charitable deed for someone else. Just make sure that it’s in good, wearable condition and that you have cleaned out the pockets.
Volunteers have introduced new safety measures to ensure this year’s winter coat drives keep the risk of spreading Covid-19 to a minimum.
Agents Giving asks no one donates any coats if anyone in the household has Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for the virus.
When donations are made, they should be placed in a clean bag, tied closed and only one person should deliver it. Donation boxes should be positioned outdoors where possible.
All donation points ask that hands are sanitised, a mask is worn while inside and two-metre social distancing is adhered to at all times.
Get your whole office involved in collecting coats. Once you have your pile of coats ready to go, contact local shelters, homeless charities, YMCA’s, Food banks and other organisations that will happily take them off your hands. Arrange a drop off with them directly, take some photos to share with us and we will help promote your donation. Don’t forget to tell us how many you have collected.
Calling London Coat Drive, make sure that coats collected get to Londoners who could do with something warm to wear. They collect clean, unwanted coats that are still in good condition, then sort and redistribute them to lots of charities across London. They, in turn, hand them out to those Londoners who really need them. The donated coats are not sold, simply given out.
Paramount in West Hampstead support Wrap Up London
Spencer Lawrence comments; “The Winter Coat Drive has a huge impact on the lives of people in need, particularly during the winter months. It’s difficult to truly grasp how much of a difference even a single donation can make without experiencing first-hand the difficulties that the homeless face trying to shield against the elements. With this in mind, last year our office and clients did our best to raise awareness and collect donations for Wrap Up London. Many people have gently used winter coats at the back of their closets that have been replaced for one reason or another, and this year Paramount will be gearing up to raise more awareness of this charity and encourage important donations to be made!
Relocation Agent Network members contributed 250 winter coats and jackets at their conference last November. These were delivered direct to Calling London to distribute to those London charities who are in desperate need of warm clothing this winter.
Send in your photos of your office winter coat collections to email@example.com