We’ve had a fairly mild winter in Chicago so far, but we have had some serious cold snaps and snow. In those times I find myself thinking about those who are not able to get what they need to stay warm and I feel terrible. Well thankfully, others also think about this and have begun the work of trying to help get coats and clothes for the winter to the homeless. Through the philanthropic organization The Kamikaze Experience, The WarmUp Clothing Drive will be helping to curb this need. The WarmUp Clothing Drive is dedicated to taking to the streets and providing homeless people with warmth. They are doing an incredible service.
Founded by Chike Osude, The WarmUp is an extension of a community project which engages with the homeless to help get out their stories and raise awareness. Many look down upon the homeless, but this project is in place to warm the hearts of the people so that they will help warm the bodies of the homeless. Hopefully through this endeavor we can channel the good feelings of the holiday seasons and use them to provide for those who are not able to do so for themselves.
The WarmUp does not just accept monetary donations, but also old clothes that people can provide to help provide warmth to those in need. Please open up your minds, hearts, wallets, and closets and spread love and warmth. Begin your new year by setting up your blessings and being a blessing to someone else. You may just throw your old clothes away or keep them deep in your drawers or closets unused, but though they are worthless to you, they can mean a great deal to a person on the street. I know, personally, I hate to be cold, however, I am fortunate enough to be able to get what I need to keep warm in a winter. I will be especially warmed this winter to make contributions to others so that they can have the same.
The WarmUp Drive will be taking place on Thursday December 24th or Christmas Eve this year. It will continue through the entirety of winter. The goal is to clothe over 200 homeless people in Chicago. The clothes will be hand-delivered to the homeless and these people will have the opportunity to have their voices heard across social media platforms. This is the second year and hopefully it will be even bigger this time around. You can go to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/