Launched in October, United Way’s Project Warmth coat drive concluded recently with an outstanding 800 coats donated. Far surpassing the original goal of 500 coats, this means more than 450 families now have brand new coats for their children to wear as winter weather arrives.
This year, United Way did Project Warmth a little differently, collaborating with local coffee shops like Early Bird Coffee, Olmos Perk and Starbucks at the Quarry to serve as drop-off locations. Patrons were able to enjoy a nice, warm cup of coffee while also donating a coat for children ages 0-18.
In addition to the free coats, families also received food supplies to provide additional support during the holidays.
“Parents always need new clothes for their kids, especially those with very young children, so this was an opportunity for us to provide some relief for families in our community by taking one thing off their to-do list,” said Jennifer Quintero, Director of Community Engagement at United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. “Things like having warm, appropriate clothing for cold weather is something that many of us take for granted so we hope this provides the families some peace of mind during the holidays and in the cold months ahead.”
If you are in need of support this holiday season, please call the 2-1-1 Helpline and select option 1 to obtain information on what community resources are available near you. If you live on the city’s eastside, you can also visit the United Way Eastside Family Resource Center at 215 Coca Cola Place, Suite 203, San Antonio, TX 78209.