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Warm the Homeless 2024 – Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Warm The Homeless campaign! Because of you, we were able to raise $300 to help people get through the roughest parts of winter. This year, we partnered with Ellie Elle, a kind soul in Pennsylvania who took it upon herself to help people without homes in her area.

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Some of our Missouri VIA volunteers were also able to distribute blankets and coats to people in their area. Check out the photos from the campaign!

Again, a big “thank you” to our regular donors, and those who contributed specifically to this campaign. We can help people because of you!

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Warmth for All: A Call to Action for Winter Coat Donations

As winter’s icy grip tightens, millions of people around the world face the harsh reality of cold weather without adequate protection. While many of us take warmth for granted, there are countless individuals, families, and children who struggle to stay warm during the coldest months of the year. This is where our collective compassion and generosity can make a profound difference.

At Voluntaryism In Action, we want to help everyone stay warm during the cold months, regardless of their circumstances. That’s why we’ve launched our annual Warm The Homeless drive, with the aim of providing essential winter coats to those in need. Through the generosity of donors like you, we can ensure that vulnerable individuals and families have the warmth and protection they need to thrive during the winter season.

The need for winter coat donations is especially critical for marginalized communities, including the homeless, refugees, low-income families, and individuals living in poverty. For them, a warm coat isn’t just a comfort—it’s a lifeline against the biting cold and a safeguard for their health and well-being. Without adequate protection from the elements, they are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite, and other serious health complications.

By donating to our winter coat drive, you can directly impact the lives of those in need. Your contribution will enable us to purchase high-quality winter coats in various sizes, styles, and colors to accommodate individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Whether it’s a child walking to school, a senior citizen navigating icy sidewalks, or a homeless individual seeking refuge from the cold, your donation will provide essential warmth and protection to those who need it most.

Moreover, donating to our winter coat drive is not just about providing physical warmth—it’s about showing compassion and solidarity with our neighbors in need. It’s about recognizing our shared humanity and standing together to support one another during challenging times. Your act of generosity will send a powerful message of care and compassion to those who may feel forgotten or overlooked by society.

Here’s how you can make a difference:

  1. Donate Financially: Your monetary donations allow us to purchase brand-new winter coats in bulk at discounted prices, maximizing the impact of your contribution.

2. Donate Gently Used Coats: If you have gently used winter coats that you no longer need, consider donating them to your local shelter, food bank, or other charitable organization—even handing them out to people yourself. Your pre-loved coats can provide warmth and comfort to someone in need.

3. Spread the Word: Help us raise awareness about our winter coat drive by sharing our campaign on social media, talking to friends and family, or organizing a coat collection event in your community.

4. Volunteer: If you’re passionate about helping others, consider volunteering your time and skills to assist with coat distribution, fundraising events, or other aspects of our winter coat drive.

Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most. As the cold weather sets in, let’s come together as a community to ensure that everyone has access to the warmth and protection they deserve. Thank you for your generosity and compassion. With your support, we can provide warmth for all this winter and beyond.

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Winter Care Packages 2023

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our Winter Care Packages charity campaign! Thanks to you, we were able to raise enough money to purchase hundreds of hygiene kits, warm socks, blankets, and winter coats for homeless and needy people.

This year, we distributed through First Fruits, an organization founded and staffed by Missourian Jeffrey Moore. Moore started his efforts by purchasing extra food and taking it to people in shopping bags. As the years passed, he formed partnerships with local businesses, eventually forming into a 501C3 nonprofit.

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VIA Volunteer Jeff loading donated items into Moore's van. Moore declined to appear in photographs, saying "It's not about me."

Although a 501C3 sounds fancy, it’s still just Moore giving out donated items to people. He estimates that there are >3,000 homeless people living between Kansas City and Butler, MO. Now, thanks to your generous donations, he has more coats, socks, gloves, and more to give out to people suffering in the cold Missouri winter. More people helped…because of your voluntary giving! Here’s hoping that next year’s Winter Care Package drive will let us help even more people.

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Superstore Voluntarily Feeds Needy Families

Winter can be a hard time of year for anyone, but just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that people’s hearts are cold. Pam Smallman, manager of the Superstore in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, is proof of that.

The CBC reports that every Saturday from noon to 1PM, the Superstore offers a free lunch to anybody who wants to come. “Whether it be that they’re hungry or whether it be that they’re lonely, and they just want to come in and have a bite to eat, then we want to do that,” said Smallman. Her new initiative was prompted by a phone call she received several weeks ago—from a man who had no money to buy food for his family, but didn’t get paid until the next week.

“He reached out to me for some help and it really stopped me dead in my tracks. And it’s been on my mind ever since because I just thought ‘my God, this man had to call and ask me to help him because he couldn’t feed his family’ and it was just a heart-stopping moment.”

The lunches will be simple, says Pam Smallman: soup and sandwich, or maybe chili and rolls.

The lunches will be prepared by staff with food donated from the Superstore. Smallman doesn’t know how many people will take advantage of her offer, but she wants to create a worm and welcoming space for them.

“Winter is a tough time for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons,” said Smallman. “I live here. These are my family, these are my friends, these are my neighbours, and I know from growing up here and I know from being here that there’s a lot of people that struggle.”

Meeting bills for groceries or utilities between paychecks is a common need—it’s one of the things we’re most frequently asked about at VIA. Smallman is a perfect example that people can deeply empathize with their fellows—and from that empathy, voluntarily help them.

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