My Coat Drive Challenge for the Holidays

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The other day, I was reading a blog post and saw the cutest Nordstrom coat for sale. It was neutral-colored, stylish, would be cute for work and play, and was under $40. Nah, I still don’t need it, I thought. I have enough coats already.

I have enough coats already. I probably have NINE coats that work perfectly for winter and fall alike. Why? Because I like buying them when they’re on sale, and I like having options depending on the weather or my outfit or how I’m feeling that day. But who needs that many coats? Absolutely no one. No one.

Even as I’m writing this, emails are flooding my inbox alerting me of sales. It’s tempting to say, “Oh, this is a great deal; I’ll snag it,” when really, we just don’t need more. This time of year especially, it’s easy to get caught up in shopping and gift guides (guilty!) prompting us to buy, buy, buy. Even when we know that others are in need within our own community, it can be hard to know the best way to help or even where to go or what to bring.

However, there are plenty of people right here in DC and the surrounding areas who need a winter coat–just one. If I’m going to post gift guides, I also want to post something to do good. Something that may seem so small will really make a difference in keeping someone warm this winter.

So here’s where you come in: I’m challenging my DC blogger and reader community to join me in taking one coat (or more!) out of their (or their significant other’s/child’s) closet to donate to someone in need. Obviously, items should be in new/gently used condition—no holes or snags! I’m working with Martha’s Table (they have two locations in DC, one of which is on 14th Street) to gather coats for their discount store, Martha’s Outfitters, which provides low-cost clothing and home goods to people in the DC area. I’ve been familiar with Martha’s Table since my elementary school days, but you can read more about it here if you don’t know of the organization (it’s great!). The store is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, and you can drop off your donations there during that time frame. If you’re interested in dropping off a coat before or after work, Martha’s Table’s offices are a few doors down (click here for address information), and they can accept donations beginning at 7:30 am and until 6:00 pm.

All sizes and styles are needed, so take a look around your house (or your parents’/relatives’/friends’ houses!) for items you’ve outgrown, forgot to return to the store, or just don’t wear anymore.

When you bring in your donation, don’t forget to ask for a receipt if you’d like one for tax purposes. I’d also love to hear from you if you end up going–it would mean a lot! Send me a DM on Instagram or shoot me an email. 🙂

Questions? Ideas on how to make this even better? Let me know, and I’ll be in touch!

Thanks, blog friends. I know we can work together to do something great for our community.

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