I'm working on a winter service project with a few of my book club friends.
(I know some of your eyes just glazed over right there, but I have no choice but to post about it, since I keep blathering on to my friends about how I'm going to "get the blogging community involved.")
(As an aside - there is nothing that makes me feel like more of a dork than mentioning my blog to non-bloggers. Sure, they all nod and smile supportively, but I'm pretty sure they're secretly wondering when I'm going to publish my English-to-Klingon translation of the Monty Python and the Holy Grail soundtrack.)
(It probably doesn't help that I say things like "blogging community.")
Anyway, BLOGGING COMMUNITY, we're collecting new (or very gently used), warm coats and clothing for refugee children who live here in Salt Lake City. The kids in question came to SLC from war torn areas in Africa and Asia. Most of them have never experienced snow and have nothing appropriate to wear. The refugee specialist we've been working with says they are still desperately in need of warm children's clothing for this season. It's already November, so we're going to have to do this thing QUICKLY.
I'm collecting clothing locally (the old fashioned way - walking around handing out flyers and pestering friends and neighbors) - but I also wanted to start a virtual clothing drive.
The idea is pretty basic: You purchase new infant/toddler/child/teen size coats and/or warm clothing online and ship your items directly to the refugee center. Once you've purchased your items, come back here (to this post or any other) and let me know what you donated so we can keep track of how close we're getting to the goal. (You can email me if you're feeling shy.)
My goal is to wrangle 100 new coats and/or warm winter outfits. (Gloves and boots are always good too.)
The shipping address is:
Att: 100 Coats for Kids Project
Refugee Center at AAU
1588 South Major Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
In order to help spread the word about the clothing drive, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon.com. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment.
I'm also going to do one of those obnoxious things where you get additional entries if you blog or tweet or facebook about it. (Those tweet/blog/facebook type giveaways always sort of make me want to punch myself in the face, but I figure this is for the good of humanity.)
(Or at least the rag-tag little portion of humanity currently shivering on the playground over at Rose Park Elementary.)
So please, please - submit this post to the social media gods at facebook or twitter or Digg or kirtsy or wherever you happen to currently do your social media worshipping.
(For those of you concerned that this is self-promotional and I will benefit in some way from the traffic - 1) I don't have ads, and 2) I'm sure that if by some miracle my blog ever became anything close to popular, I would promptly take an eight month blogging break and lose all of my readers.) (It's what I do.)
If anyone else would like to get involved - locally or virtually - please email me or leave your info in the comments. The more people we can get involved, the better.
The giveaway ends Thursday night at midnight MT. Thanks for spreading the word.
I've gotten a few tips for buying cheap coats online, if you're looking to contribute but are low on funds (aren't we all!):
- Jen pointed out that coats are on sale (50% off) online at Old Navy right now.
- Tiffany contributed a 30% off coupon that can be used at Old Navy and Gap: http://gap.m.delivery.net/w/
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- Candice left a comment saying that Walmart is having a 97 cent shipping sale
- Janell found some good deals on eBay
- DeNae mentioned that Walmart had some reversible coats for $13 and fleece jackets for $7!
* The title is a reference to a children's primary (sunday school) song - "Give Said the Little Stream" - which contains the line, "I'm small I know, but wherever I go, the fields grows greener still." (Thanks for the correction on the lyrics, guys.)