Over the past few weeks we’ve received a number of requests for donations to help those affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. As soon as the storm hit, we looked for ways to help those worst affected by the storm prepare for the cold winter ahead so they could focus on rebuilding their lives. For those of you who wrote in or are interested, we wanted to provide an update on our contributions to date:
In early November we delivered more than 2,500 coats and jackets to a New York distribution site through our partnership with Clothes4Souls. Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls, works with retailers and manufacturers to organize donations of new or gently worn clothing to get them directly to people who are most in need.
In addition to the jackets donated directly to victims of Sandy, The North Face is continuing to partner with Clothes4Souls through a coat drive. You can donate your gently used coats and clothing in our in-store donation bins through December 24 and help protect people from the cold. Check out our website for more information.
The North Face donated an additional 1,522 pieces of winter apparel to Compassion into Action Network – Direct Outcome Organization (CAN-DO), a global organization that collaborates with local organizations speed up the process of aid distribution to communities. CAN-DO is working with local volunteers out of the Garrison Beach Community Center to distribute products and resources door-to-door in some of the areas hardest hit by Sandy.
We know there is still more to do to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. If you’d like to contribute to relief efforts, we encourage everyone who can, to donate $10 to American Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999. You can also make a donation at the Red Cross website here. Our thoughts continue to go to those affected by the storm.