Friday, December 2, 2011

In The Spirit of Kindness: Coats

Giving warmth this Christmas.

It breaks my heart when I see a person (and especially a child) outside without a substantial coat during this cold winter season. In fact, it breaks my heart to even write this, as I cannot even begin to imagine the helpless feeling—overcome with chill and nothing to protect you. I remember once seeing a little girl, (no more than eight or ten) walking home from school I presume, in a thin jacket. There was snow on the ground and I wished I could have given her my coat. 'Tis the season to give, and giving even a single coat can help a child or adult avoid pneumonia, stay healthy and keep warm this Christmas. (you might even like to tuck a pair of cozy, stretchy knit gloves in the pocket as a surprise!)

By donating them to neighbourhood schools and even to women's shelters, the coats will automatically be offered to those in need and not cost the receiver a penny. After going through my own closet, I have pulled three coats to give—pressed and fresh (and hopefully almost as new) they will go in a few days to a school in a neighbouring city. Do you have any extra coats to give this Christmas?

Images: Moncler


  1. This is such a beautiful and kind thing to do Sarah. There is a woman who comes by the place where I have done yoga for the past 14 years and collects blankets and coats all winter and personally takes them to the homeless. Thank you for reminding me!

    xo Mary Jo

  2. Dearest Sarah,

    What a nobel cause! Always worthwhile and it is such an action of LOVE and giving warmth in more than one way.
    Our Chamber of Commerce is donating (all the members) blankets that will be used for those less fortunate and for the same reason as your coats.
    Those gestures I appreciate far more than the endless commercialism.
    May you have a blessed weekend and love to you,


  3. I always keep several extra coats in my car that I no longer wear. I usually end up giving them away. I also keep several sweatshirts. I often see especially elderly not covered enough at bus stops and outside of doctors offices. A child without a coat outrages me. There is no excuse, so I understand what your concerns are.
    I didn't intend to say this much about it, but seeing a person that is too cold or hot breaks my heart. This is such a thoughtful post, Sarah.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hope that others feel the same way.

  4. Where I live we usually don't see the poverty exposed in our neighborhood, but i know it's here. Yes, especially when it comes to a little child, it makes me mad and sad!! So i understand your concerns.


  5. I usually give away coats and clothes we don't wear any more to those that really need them. Is the least we can do for those who are not as advantaged as we are! hope you're having a lovely weekend, darling! xo

  6. What a wonderful way to give during the holiday season!

  7. My mind has been on the homeless a lot lately. After moving to Scotland I have witnessed so many young adults begging in the streets. Sitting on that cold, damp pavement looking almost hollow, & obviously hopeless. I've tried to put myself into their situation and have wondered how I would hold up and could I survive? Now I'm in the states with family & see the same everywhere in Portland, & Seattle. So many suffering and so little help. Thank you for taking the time to post about such a special need and one that is easily doable by us all. Very little effort on our part. How many of us 'don't' have an extra coat or blanket? I love the idea of a pair of gloves in the coats pockets.

    Best of all the holiday has to give, to you and yours Sarah.

    x Deb


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