One Warm Coat

It’s turned cold here in Northern California. Now, I know that sounds silly to those of you in actual COLD climates, but it did dip into the 40s today, and in my book, that’s not shorts and t shirt weather.

So now, before we head for the door I go to the front closet to grab a coat. The black fleece cloak is great to throw on for running to the store. The brown utilitarian Dickie’s coat is great if I’ll be walking around outside for awhile, and I’ll grab the white rain coat if it looks wet outside. Then there’s my leather coat for when I’m more dressed up… a ski jacket, a beautiful satin-lined Paco Soler jacket (white with elephants and palm trees) … the list goes on.

Not only do I not have to be cold, I have choices.

Not so with countless others in our community – and yours. Warm coats are an ongoing need for agencies that serve the needs of the homeless and the growing number of families living at or below the poverty level. The One Warm Coat organization is national non-profit that supports and encourages coat drives.  It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need.   More than one million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.

Along with others in the Bay Area, including SF Weekly and the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, we’re sponsoring a One Warm Coat drive this holiday season. As a close to our two-year TrueWind Acoustic Fridays Concert Series, we’re celebrating the season with a fun evening of songs and their writers. Hans York, Steve Kritzer, Claudia Russell & the Folk Unlimited Orchestra and us… Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon.

The admission price? One warm coat, of course.

Friday December 17, 2010
Doors open at 7:00 pm – Music starts at 7:30 pm
Mission City Coffee Roasting Company
2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara California

Bring a warm coat, or cash/check donation for Sacred Heart Community Services of San Jose. We’ll be delivering the donations to Sacred Heart during the following week.

Sacred Heart’s mission is to build a community free from poverty by creating hope, opportunity, and action. The agency, founded in 1964, provides essential services, empowers people to improve their lives, advocates for justice, and inspires volunteers to love, serve, and share.

That kind of love can absolutely change the world.

— Bev Barnett

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