One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. Over 3 million coats have been collected and distributed through One Warm Coat activities since 1992.
The Kim Connor Better Living team is am so happy to report that the sixth annual One Warm Coat drive in 2016 was a resounding success!! Over 5000 coats, sweatshirts, and sweaters were collected throughout December and January, we love warming our community one coat at a a time.
Back in 2010 while I was watching Good Morning America, the OWC organization was partnering with the Burlington Coat Factory and GMA to collect for those in need. I thought what a great way to give back. I incorporated the use of giving out raffle tickets to everyone who brought in coats to our annual Thanksgiving Party at work and gave out prizes. The major prize was an Apple iPad. I was surprised to see how many people got moving in hopes of winning the prizes. I then thought about how to connect with my farming area, so I thought – how about offer a movie ticket in exchange for a new or gently used coat. In conjunction with another Realtor in my office whose farm was next to mine, we rented a theater and families came to see the movie and we collected more coats then we had given out tickets. It was rewarding.
When I switched agencies and joined Intero Real Estate Services – I expanded the premise and included the 13 Corporate run Intero office to join in. I offer a deep array of raffle prizes and the first year we collected over 1,800 items. We have grown our efforts every year since – 2015 our collection yielded over 5,300 Coats, Sweaters, Sweatshirts and a sundry of blankets, scarfs, gloves and mittens. We have also done a movie tie in each year as well.
In 2018, we will have another special fundraiser to support this great organization.