Where to give your donation items this season
If you’re here, you’re all about sharing the love. You know that part of making the holidays happy is going the extra mile for our neighbors who may be struggling. If you’re interested in seeing how to help this season in Columbus, check the list below for a few ideas!
1. Donate your old winter coat to the Columbus community
Did you upgrade your winter wardrobe? Not fitting into a coat you had in school? If it’s in good condition, consider donating it so that it can be given to a member in our community for free. Click on the map to find out where to drop off your coat.
“ONE WARM COAT IS A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS TO PROVIDE A FREE, WARM COAT TO ANY PERSON IN NEED.”
• “Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to children and adults in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.
• Since One Warm Coat’s inception in 1992, we have worked with our volunteers to host more than 31,000 coat drives and have given away more than 5 million coats.”
5 million. Yes.
2. Help the Volunteers of America
THERE ARE 4 MAJOR WAYS YOU CAN HELP THE VOA RIGHT NOW!
👪 Adopt-A-Family in Columbus, Ohio
☃️ Donate warm clothing to the community
💲 Give your change at any local VOA store (where my fellow thrifters at!?)
💻 Keep relaxing at home and give online! Netflix and #domoregood, ya feel.
Check out their website for all these options and more.
3. Dress for Success needs your gently used professional wear
If you’re like me, you have perfectly good business-casual wear that just hasn’t been used very much (or doesn’t fit). Either that, or you’ve upgraded and have more than you need. Did you know that there’s an organization that collects those specific items?
“Dress for Success Columbus is non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve their goals through free-of-charge Suiting, Career Center, and Employment Retention programs.”
YAS. We are all for this girl power. So dig out those dresses, blazers and suits from the fall and winter and help empower other women!
4. Columbus Toy Drive!
FireFighters4Kids is the melt-your-heart kind of thing we like to be a part of. During a 1977 emergency call to a local family’s home, Mike Mullins noticed that there was nothing there for the kids for Christmas. And look at them now: “In 2015, the program provided toys to 5,300 families and 15,000 children. They do all of this from donations from the community and sponsors”.
BONUS: No items to give, but want to give your time?
5. Serve a warm meal to the homeless with Faith Mission
Here at POINT, we definitely have to give a shoutout to this amazing local resource for those experiencing homelessness. Find Faith Mission on POINT’s mobile app to see the latest on open volunteer slots to help serve dinner. And bring a friend! Take it from our team – you won’t regret it!