Greenville Office Supports ONE WARM COAT Initiative to Help Local Families
January 26, 2011

Through the Salvation Army’s ONE WARM COAT initiative, Building Group employees in Greenville are helping local families in need stay warm this winter — an especially chilly season to date for South Carolina.

Mitzi Scarborough, marketing coordinator, organized the office’s One Warm Coat drive in early January, inviting colleagues to donate outerwear they or members of their families no longer needed in order to help someone less fortunate. A collection bin was placed in the lobby for about two weeks. By mid- January, the box was full of 33 gently used items in a variety of sizes. Scarborough presented the generous donation to the Salvation Army on Friday, January 21. “I want to personally thank everyone who donated. As many of us played in the snow during the week of January 10, we were reminded of the comfort a warm coat provides.”

ONE WARM COAT started out in 1992 as a Thanksgiving Weekend coat drive in San Francisco. Since then, more than a million coats have been donated in thousands of local communities across North America. Each coat drive has the same intent: to collect coats that will be GIVEN to those in need. Many people play a part in ONE WARM COAT — those who clean their closets to donate coats; those who organize a coat drive in their community; and the volunteers and staff at social service agencies who distribute the coats.