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Can you imagine a Whatcom County winter without a warm coat or jacket for you or your children? Many people here do just that. We believe warmth is not a luxury, and so every fall, our Winter Coat Drive distributes donated coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens to our neighbors.
Interfaith Coalition’s annual winter coat drive provides warm outerwear for everyone from babies to seniors. Donations of clean, gently used or new winter coats and jackets, gloves, scarves and hats are needed. If you're a knitter, handmade hats and scarves are also cherished. For many of our neighbors, this program means they won't need to spend limited income on a winter coat, or do without. Winter coats are distributed in Blaine, Ferndale, Bellingham and Deming. Coats are collected at many congregations throughout Whatcom County and a number of local businesses.
Thank you for sharing the warmth!
Warm-hearted volunteers knit cozy hats, scarves and blankets to distribute to various social service agencies around the county as well as through our Winter Coat Drive and CAST programs. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, we need your wonderful finished products.
Questions about Project Warm Up? Email the volunteer coordinator, Ronalee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Interfaith Coalition at 360-734-3983.
When you are struggling to rebuild your life, holiday gifts seem like a distant memory. Families from our family housing program and the Opportunity Council share wish lists that we provide to congregations, businesses and other community sponsors. Homeless families receive gifts from a caring community. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact us at 360-734-3983.
Bellingham hosts a day of support and services for homeless individuals each summer. Interfaith Coalition collects useful items that are given away that day. These include personal hygiene kits and camping supplies, sleeping bags, tarps, baby wipes and diapers, new socks, shoes and underwear. This takes place in July.
Kids Need Books (KNB) distributes new and gently used books to low-income families each week. This distribution takes place at Alderwood and Cordata elementary schools' pop-up food banks.
Since early summer 2016, the program has gifted children with more than 3,000 books and, in the words of a local school volunteer, “It has fundamentally changed the reading culture of the neighborhood.”
KNB needs books ranging from picture books to young adult novels. Please look through your bookshelves, closets, and attics for quality used books that might enjoy a new home. Books may be dropped off at Interfaith Coalition’s main office.
Your donation can help area children become more proficient readers with a greater likelihood of graduating from high school.