Before We Give Thanks, Let’s Give Back

I hate myself for thinking about what coat I will wear when it starts getting so cold my finger tips start to look like supermarket-bought snap peas. I should be thinking about what coat I will donate, dammit. Because for as many times as I have ruthlessly bitched about the weather, I have also always walked in doors, disrobed and felt very, very comfortable.

Such is not the case for a rising number of individuals who, especially in New York, really are our neighbors, and in the wake of two e-mails I’ve just recently received about fashion brands doing good and running coat drives, I figured now is a perfect time to pile up our warmest over-things and give them away! Unless they’re Céline!

Because, you know, when you give, what you get is so much more. Bla bla bla.

The first coat drive of note is being run by the nice-ass people at Theory. From December 2nd through December 6th, the brand will be collecting coats at 38 Gansevoort Street (between Hudson and Greenwich St.). While all coats are good, men’s coats in larger sizes are particularly desired, so, if you’re a big man or know a big man, this one is for you.

The other coat drive is being held at the hand of none other than the quintessential jacket brand, Barbour. They’ve partnered with One Warm Coat and for every coat that you donate, Barbour will match your donation with a new coat by the brand. From November 15th through December 31st, they will be collecting coats nationally at the following locales:

For the 2042 North Halsted Street or 54 E. Walton Street locations in Chicago, Ill., take your coats to Streetwise.

For the rest: the hyperlinked locations indicate where your coat should be dropped off vis-a-vis the various Barbour locations:

280 US Route 1 in Kittery, Maine – Fair Tide

134 Newbury Street in Boston, Mass. – City Mission Society of Boston

1047 Madison Avenue in New York, N.Y. – The Bowery Mission

123 Wooster Street (Soho) in New York, N.Y. – Hetrick Martin Institute

1517 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pa. – St. Johns Hospice

Suburban Square in Ardmore, Pa. – Community Angel Foundation

67 Palmer Square West in Princeton, N.J. – Catholic Charities

2331 M Street in Washington, D.C. – Total Family Care Coalition

Don’t you feel better already? How many times do you think I said coat?

Image via LIFE Magazine

  • Nicole

    You can also open your closet for a cause through where a majority of the proceeds from the sale of your items get donated to a cause you choose. They have overt 100 charity partners! And better yet, you can shop the donated looks there too.

  • Greer Clarke

    This was a really good post