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Warm clothing and other basics for American families during a cold winter

As the U.S. economy continues to falter, World Vision provides practical help for struggling American families.

December 2010



Martha and her 2-year-old son, Marco, have been coming to Joseph's Coat in the Twin Cities for the past year.
Martha and her 2-year-old son, Marco, have been coming to Joseph’s Coat in the Twin Cities for the past year. She says it "helps a lot" because she has been able to acquire clothing for her family.
Photo ©2008 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
Outside, the snow falls silently from the gray November sky cloaking the Twin Cities area. A painting on the store’s window depicts a figure with outstretched arms welcoming a group of people.

This is Joseph’s Coat, where the items are free for those in need.

Little beyond rent and food

Liz Lutton, the director of Joseph’s Coat, says that with the struggling economy, she has seen the need grow exponentially. Every day, they serve nearly 500 people, with 60 to 80 of those being children.

Liz describes how people tell her they can pay the rent, and barely cover food, but they have no funds left for essentials like clothing.

“That’s what we’re about — taking the stress off of families to clothe their kids, letting them put their money to where it most belongs: to housing and food,” she explains.

World Vision’s work in the United States

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Your gift will help us deliver essential items to children and families in need right here in the United States.

World Vision helps the nonprofit organization fulfill its mission to provide clothing, household items, and hygiene products to the poor.

Corporate donations of essentials is just one way World Vision partners to strengthen community organizations across the country that serve those in need in their communities.

More than one in five children in the United States lives in a family struggling with poverty. The situation is urgent for these 13 million American kids. As unemployment rises and safety networks fray, World Vision and its community partners are working to help ensure children and families in the United States receive the vital basics they need to get back on their feet.

Help with winter clothing

Lorna McDonald shops with her daughter, Tessa.
Lorna McDonald shops with her daughter, Tessa.
Photo ©2008 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision
Lorna McDonald, a mother of two, says she has been able to get winter coats — a big necessity during the bitter Minnesota winters — at Joseph’s Coat for her children. “Plus, I have a little one who’s a year, and we got a nice winter snowsuit for him,” she says.

Lorna talks about the tough times brought on by this country’s economic struggles. “You don’t have the extra money to go buy bread. You can’t right now. Winter is here now so it helps to have places like this.”

‘It’s more frantic out there’

“The need is so great, and we’re seeing now with the economy, more and more people coming in. It’s more frantic out there,” says Liz.

Thanks to the support of generous corporate donations, World Vision can work with organizations like Joseph’s Coat to provide for the essential needs of those who are left most vulnerable by the economic downturn.

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>> Read more about World Vision’s work with families and communities in need right here in the United States.

Two ways you can help

>> Pray for families in America affected by poverty, especially those who also live in cold, harsh winter climates. Pray that World Vision’s partnership with corporations who donate warm clothing and other essential items would bring relief to many more who are struggling at this time of the year.
>> Make a one-time gift to help provide essentials to American children and families in need. A gift of just $25 can help deliver $150 worth of basics like clothing, diapers, shoes, and more to those living in poverty.

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Read more about World Vision’s work with families and communities in need right here in the United States.

Two ways you can help

Pray for families in America affected by poverty, especially those who also live in cold, harsh winter climates. Pray that World Vision’s partnership with corporations who donate warm clothing and other essential items would bring relief to many more who are struggling at this time of the year.
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Make a one-time gift to help provide essentials to American children and families in need. A gift of just $25 can help deliver $150 worth of basics like clothing, diapers, shoes, and more to those living in poverty.

 





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