One Warm Coat

Warm hearts and more when you donate a coat

by Allison Hatfield | November 21, 2019

It doesn’t always get cold in Dallas, but when it does, it gets very cold. And nobody should be without a coat. If your closet runneth over with puffers and trenches, here are two ways to help those in need.

Coated in Compassion

Channing Boone started Coated in Compassion after she and her sister moved to downtown Dallas and came face to face with the homeless each day. “I was not prepared to look out of the large window [of my apartment] to see a man covered in a tarp lying above a vent to keep warm or see a woman without a coat at the fountains of the Chase Tower using the water there to wash her hands and face. I was not at all prepared for the lives that simply needed compassion that surrounded the streets of downtown Dallas,” she writes in a blog post on The Human Impact website.

Photo credit: The Human Impact

The surprise Boone felt moved her to action. She launched Coated in Compassion and partnered with The Human Impact, which hosts birthday parties, funerals, street-side salons, and art therapy sessions for homeless people in Dallas. Together, the organizations will collect new and clean, gently used coats and distribute them to those living on the streets. Donations will be accepted through the end of November; on December 7 volunteers will pass them out.

To donate a coat—or many—email coatedincompassion@gmail.com. To volunteer with The Human Impact, email stormy@thehumanimpact.org.

One Warm Coat

Photo credit: One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat started in 1992 with one Thanksgiving weekend coat drive at one location in San Francisco. Since then, it has grown to a national organization supporting more than 3,500 coat drives around the United States each year, including those in Dallas-Fort Worth. The organization partners with local businesses and nonprofits to collect and distribute coats to children, families, veterans, and seniors living in poverty.

Through the last week of December, you can drop off new or clean, gently used coats at any of these nine Dallas-area locations:

  • J. Crew in West Village, NorthPark, Galleria Dallas, Legacy West, and Southlake Town Square
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Knox-Henderson and Plano
  • Joseph’s Auto Toy Store in Mesquite
  • Fine Homes & Estates Century 21 Judge Fite in Lake Highlands

More than two dozen local nonprofits, including The Samaritan Inn in McKinney and Network of Community Ministries in Richardson, will distribute the coats for free and without discrimination.

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