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Foster Kids Coat Drive

Coat Drive: September 15 – November 2

A warm, attractive and weather-proof coat should be a certainty for all children. However, financial limitations mean that nearly 20,000 foster children in the Northwest are at risk of going without this essential item.

A new, well-fitting coat not only provides protection from the weather; it can also help a foster child feel confident, reassured, and cared for during a difficult time.

You can help ensure foster children stay warm and dry this winter season by hosting your own Sleep Country Foster Kids Coat Drive. Read on for more details and information about how to get started!

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How it Works

1. Spread the Word About Your Donation Drive

Get the word out about your drive by talking to friends, neighbors, family and coworkers.

Send emails and use your social network to encourage even more people to donate new school supply items for foster kids of all ages. Below is a sample email and a sample Facebook post for you to use.

Hang posters in high-traffic areas or distribute to potential donors at gatherings.

Talk up your collection drive at staff meetings, kids’ soccer games, community events or religious gatherings. Send an announcement in your work newsletter or slip the information into a meeting agenda.


2. Collect Your Donations

Create a central place to collect donations, whether it’s your home, a community center or the lobby at work. Clearly mark containers for donation drop-offs.

If a cash donation is preferred, consider starting a personal campaign on our website and asking friends, family and co-workers to donate online through your fundraising page.


3. Drop Off Your Donations to the Nearest Sleep Country USA

Donations are accepted at all of our Sleep Country locations. Use our store locator to find the most convenient drop-off location for you.


4. Share Your Success

Provide us with your name, contact information and a short story about your efforts, and we’ll share your generous story on Facebook and on our website. You deserve the recognition, and it shows other community members that they can make a difference, too!
Email fosterkids@sleepcountry.com


Resources

Need more supplies, information or support?  Contact us at fosterkids@sleepcountry.com or 253-236-0921.


Sample Email

To: Friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, PTA

Subject: Help foster children get the school supplies they need to succeed

Hi there,

Can you imagine enduring the Pacific Northwest’s cold, wet winters without a properly fitting jacket? Unfortunately, for many of our area’s foster kids, this can be a sad reality. With nearly 20,000 foster children in the Northwest, it’s difficult for foster families and agencies to meet the needs of all children — and a properly fitting, warm coat, with working zipper and intact buttons, isn’t a certainty for all foster children.

That’s why I’m supporting the Sleep Country Foster Kids Coat Drive this year. Together, we can help ensure that foster children stay warm and snuggly this winter season. With the help of  nonprofit foster organization partners, the Sleep Country Foster Kids program takes in donations and disperses them to those children most in need throughout the Northwest. My goal is to collect (number) new coats for kids of all sizes, and I need your help!

Donations of new coats in all sizes can be dropped off at (insert location) by November 2nd, and I will take them to Sleep Country. I have fun with shopping and always find great deals that allow me to buy one or two more items, but if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, you can also donate online and the shopping will be done on your behalf.

Let me know if you have questions!

Thank you,

(insert name)


Sample Facebook Post

Help a foster child stay warm and dry this winter! Join me in donating to the Sleep Country Coat Drive for Foster Kids. I would like to collect (insert goal #) new coats for kids of all ages, and I’m collecting donations at (insert drop off location) through November 2nd. Or you can donate online at sleepcountryfosterkids.org, and the shopping will be done on your behalf. Thanks!
https://www.sleepcountryfosterkids.org


Sample Poster

School Drive Poster

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