It's that time of year again. As the weather gets cooler, perhaps with some frost on the ground, we start pulling out sweaters and jackets and coats to keep us warm throughout the winter. At Rose Brooks Center, the women and children that arrive for shelter from domestic violence often come without coats and many times without any additional clothing besides what they are wearing.
New and gently-used warm, winter coats and sweaters for both women and children are needed and can be dropped off at World’s Window in Brookside during their fourth annual coat donation drive, "Blanketed with Warmth," October 7 - November 7, 2013.
The weeks leading up to the winter holidays are usually promoted with images of family gatherings, platters of food and lots of warmth and love. For many women, their daily experiences are filled with fear and injury rather than expressions of love. The staff at World’s Window is wrapping some warmth - literally and figuratively - around the women and children at Rose Brooks Center with the donations of coats and sweaters.
Buerge is delighted to partner again with Rose Brooks as the recipient of the coat donations because of their mission to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse. Tower Cleaners has also joined the project for the fourth year to provide cleaning for the few coats and sweaters that might need a bit of touch-up.
“This project continues to be a perfect fit for our store and our customers. At World’s Window our mission is to celebrate the creativity of the human mind, spirit and experience and our customers love the idea of helping others. It’s an added bonus that they get a discount towards something new and exciting for themselves or towards holiday gifts,” says Jan Buerge, owner of World's Window.
In exchange for coat or sweater donations, the generous donors will receive a 20% off coupon that can be used any day through November 10, 2013, especially during the Blanketed With Warmth Grand Finale Party on Thursday, November 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. There's no limit to the number of coats and sweaters a customer can donate. However, Jan asks that every coat donated be new or in clean, excellent condition so that they can be used right away.
An exciting new addition to this year's "Blanketed with Warmth" coat drive is the raffle of a fabulous, queen-size knotted quilt that has been made by the World's Window staff using Tianello tencel fabric sample squares. All monies raised from the raffle will go directly to Rose Brooks Center to help purchase blankets, pillows, slippers and other items so desperately needed to keep the women and children sheltering at Rose Brooks literally "blanketed with warmth." Tickets for the quilt raffle can be purchased at World's Window for $10 each.
Rose Brooks Center is a comprehensive domestic violence agency that provides a full continuum of care including prevention programming, crisis intervention and other supportive services to thousands of women and children each year. For more information, call Sharla Nolte at Rose Brooks Center, 816-523-5550 or visit their website at www.rosebrooks.org.