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Moxie’s Coat Drive 2012

December 30, 2012 • Paige

Something really cool happened this year.  I had a successful coat drive, but it wasn’t because I put in a lot of effort.  I just wasn’t able to this year.  Life happens, you know?

Rather than beat myself up about what I couldn’t do, I will rejoice in the fact that my coat drive happened almost WITHOUT ME!

Everyone who knows me, is aware that I do this every year. People were bringing me an item or two all through the year.  My “donations corner” slowly filled up.  About a month before I planned to post flyers and start advertising, a coworker gave me two huge bags full of stuff she had been saving for me.  This is now something I am known for – and hopefully next year I will have time and energy to accomplish something big.  If not, I’m still going to be happy that everyone in my life is thinking about donating coats and clothes all the time.

In a way, I’ve already accomplished something big!

It’s hard to tell from the photo below, but this is a giant box for shipping a dishwasher.

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Moxie is co-Founder of the Louisiana Initiative, and a regular contributor for S.T.A.N.D.

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Moxie’s Coat Drive 2011

December 21, 2011 • Paige

My first coat drive in 2010 was a great experience. With very little planning and no experience, I collected 25 warm coats in 5 days.  I only visited the offices within the same building where I work.   That was nice, but I had an entire year to plan my next coat drive.  This year I enlisted Cognito and Servo to help.

Because this was my second coat drive, everyone I know was already familiar with what I was doing, and donations came from every direction.  We had to devote a 4′ X 4′ area in our house to hold donations throughout the year.
I learned of a huge rummage sale happening at a church near my house.  I asked the organizers if I could have the coats, clothes, and blankets that were left over for my coat drive – and they were GLAD to let me haul off anything I wanted to take. WONDERFUL!!  You never know, until you ask.

Behold:

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It took Cognito and Servo two trips with our truck to get all of this stuff to the rescue mission. I had some more last minute donations that are not in this photo, so it was a total of 18 bags of quality coats, clothes, and shoes in all sizes. The “donations corner” in my house was finally empty, but it never stays that way for long.

Moxie is co-Founder of the Louisiana Initiative, and a regular contributor for S.T.A.N.D.

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Moxie’s Coat Drive 2010

December 31, 2010 • Paige

In December of 2010, I held my first coat drive.  I was inspired by people in my life who were very quick to help anyone in need, and I want to be one of those people  It was a very long time ago, but I know what it is like to have to be outside in cold weather without proper warm clothing.

For anyone just starting out, www.OneWarmCoat.org is a fantastic resource!   You will find all kinds of advice tol help you plan and conduct a successful drive.  You can also advertise your coat drive on their website, and at the end they will send you a cute certificate to recognize your efforts.

It doesn’t matter what you do, or how much you can help – what matters is that you find a way to help, and get started!  Do what you can, when you can.

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Moxie’s first coat drive, 2010

Moxie is co-Founder of the Louisiana Initiative, and a regular contributor for S.T.A.N.D.

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