For information on our 2012 New Toy and Book Drive click here.
Our annual effort to collect gently worn outerwear is now underway at a Whole Earth location near you! Our annual Coat Drive attempts to gather as many reusable, clean garments and get them to agencies that can supply them to those who need them this winter. For each piece of outerwear donated, you will receive a $5.00 gift certificate that can be immediately redeemed at all our stores.
Drop off your extra coats before December 11th, please, because that is when we will be transporting them to the great charity organizations listed below.
Note that you may donate as many coats as you can spare and you will receive that $5 gift certificate for each one—but these coupons may not be combined, but must be redeemed on separate transactions.
Please help us help those in need. Thank you.
Since 1997, the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH ) has worked with the homeless population in Austin, serving more than 800 people per day, 215 in their shelter each night. Besides overnight shelter, ARCH is a 24/7 social service center providing showers, basic needs, comprehensive care management/support services, and permanent supportive housing programs. They have distributed the outerwear we collect for the past three years.
In Dallas: Arlington Life Shelter
Established in 1987 the Arlington Life Shelter (ALS) has improved the lives of the Dallas metro area homeless by providing shelter for those in difficulty. Housing is certainly a priority, but in order to break the cycle of poverty for the young children who enter the shelter daily, many more resources are also made available for the entire family. These programs include educational opportunities, skill training, budget/money management classes, and connection to other community social services. Whole Earth is excited about our new partnership with ALS this year.
In Houston: Star of Hope
For more than a century, the Star of Hope Mission has ministered to the greater Houston area, meeting the needs of nearly 1000 men, women and their children nightly. Star of Hope focuses on employment, life management, education, spiritual growth, and recovery from substance abuse. Whole Earth has partnered with them for the past several years.
In San Antonio: Haven for Hope
Only begun in 2006, Haven for Hope has grown to providing housing programming to over 1600 people daily in San Antonio – out of an estimated population of more than 4000 homeless individuals in the city. They are dedicated to transforming the lives of these homeless men, women, and children by addressing the root causes of homelessness through education, job training and behavioral health services. We are happy to begin partnering with them this year.