2018 Winter Coat Drive: Donate a Coat and Warm a Heart

Organized Interiors is pleased to once again be participating in The Children’s Breakfast Club’s Winter Coat Drive.

The goal of the 2018 Winter Coat Drive is to collect 55,000 clean, gently-used coats and warm clothing items. All donations will ensure that no child in Ontario is cold this winter.

About The Children’s Breakfast Club

The Children’s Breakfast Club is a non-profit charitable organization that began in 1984. They believe every child is entitled to a nutritious breakfast and currently have more than 20 clubs in the Greater Toronto Area. An estimated 4,000 meals are served by the organization every week.

The Children’s Breakfast Club’s other objectives are to:

  • encourage children to develop healthy nutritional, behavioural, and personal hygiene habits
  • provide children with emotional support and social and intellectual stimulation
  • encourage and develop the skills of staff, volunteers, and other community members

What is the Winter Coat Drive?

The Winter Coat Drive collects and distributes new and gently-used winter clothing to children and their families in need of proper winter attire. The Children’s Breakfast Club began the Winter Coat Drive in 2014.

2015’s Winter Coat Drive collected more than 30,000 items of winter clothing. That number grew to more than 40,000 pieces collected the following year. 2017’s Winter Coat Drive was another huge success.

All donations end up at The Children’s Breakfast Club’s Coat Warehouse, which operates throughout the winter season.

Toronto Police will hand out vouchers to families they encounter who are most in need of this winter clothing. The vouchers can then be redeemed by the family members for a winter coat or item of clothing they’re most in need of.

Organized Interiors’ involvement in the Winter Coat Drive

The 2018 Winter Coat Drive kicked off on October 19th and this will be Organized Interiors’ third year of involvement in this worthy cause.

Our participation in the 2016 Winter Coat Drive was inspired by Toronto’s very own NBA All-Star, Toronto Raptor Alumni, and Assistant Coach and Community Ambassador Jamaal Magloire.

Jamaal challenged all of Toronto to “Donate a Coat” and “Warm a Heart”.

More than four truckloads of coats and winter clothing were collected that year at Vaughan’s first drop-off centre in the Organized Interiors showroom.

With our customers’ incredible generosity, five truckloads of winter clothing were promptly delivered to the Coat Warehouse last year.

The drop-off centre at Organized Interiors is the first in Vaughan. Help us fill our bin with warm winter coats.

How you can help

You can get involved by making donations for the 2018 Winter Coat Drive at the Coat Drive drop-off centre in the Organized Interiors showroom at 201 Chrislea Road in Vaughan.

Along with new and gently-used winter coats, we’ll also be gratefully accepting donations of any of the following (in all sizes) until December 31st:

  • hoodies
  • sweaters
  • hats
  • mitts and gloves
  • scarves

Clothing donations can also be made directly to The Children’s Breakfast Club’s main Winter Coat Drive drop-off centre through February 28th, 2019.

It’s located in the Muslim Welfare Centre of Toronto at 100 McLevin Avenue (unit 4) in Scarborough. Call (437) 836-6222 to make coat drop-off arrangements.

Monetary donations can also be made at breakfastclubs.ca (a tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20 or more).

Donate a coat and warm a heart

Warm winter clothing is something most of us take for granted. But consider the ways in which inadequate winter clothing can impact a child’s daily life.

Inadequate winter clothing can cause kids to get sick more often, which may affect their school attendance. Unsuitable winter clothing also limits the ability of children to participate in outdoor winter activities.

Your generous donation can help make this winter a little more comfortable for someone in need. We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Coat Drive drop-off centre in our showroom!

Please help to spread the word about the Winter Coat Drive by sharing this post with your family, friends, and co-workers.

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