By Woman's Day Staff
Spread the Warmth
Falling temperatures are the hardest on those with no place to defrost. Spread some holiday cheer by donating your gently used winter accessories to those who need it most. Find out the best places to give back, and you'll be left with a warm heart.
One Warm Coat works to help the 15% of Americans who can't afford to buy one. To donate, search the site for local coat drives or drop-off locations from now through February. Every item collected in your community stays within your community, so your good deed could be helping a neighbor.
Share Your Soles accepts all kinds of gently worn or new shoes, but snow boots are in high demand this time of year. Mail in your boots and they will be hand-delivered by volunteers to impoverished communities in the U.S. and around the world. The group has provided nearly 2 million pairs of shoes to those in need.
Hats 4 the Homeless donates hats and other winter essentials to churches, soup kitchens, shelters and veterans' hospitals in the New York and New Jersey area, where temps can fall well below freezing. Set up a collection box and send the organization homemade knit caps or new, store-bought hats.
Scarves with a Purpose collects your handmade scarves and attaches a sweet card to each creation to let the recipient know it was made with love. Then the organization mails them to low-income schools, homeless shelters and other groups that request them. Last year, they sent more than 400 scarves to Hurricane Sandy victims.