Keep Dallas Warm, Collecting Coats for the Homeless
November 11th, 2013 | by The Update
As Dallasites look forward to the season of Santa, snowmen and gift-giving, many in our community begin the daunting task of trying to secure some of the basic necessities of life—shelter and warmth. For those who are homeless and living on the streets, the winter months, and the inevitable drop in temperatures, can create a life-threatening circumstance.
The idea for Keep Dallas Warm began two years ago, when Dallas businessman Jim Silcock wanted to donate $10,000 worth of winter coats to Dallas’ homeless. With the help of area homeless advocates at The Stewpot and Crossroads Community Services, he conducted an informal study and learned that approximately 1,800 gently worn winter coats were needed to help the city’s homeless served by these organizations. Silcock contacted Robbie Briggs, CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, about this initiative, and Briggs was motivated to double the number to 3,600 as a means to reach others who are underprivileged and impoverished. Working together with St. Bernard Sports, the effort in 2012 collected more than 6,000 coats for those in need.
This year the initiative continues! Donate your gently used, insulated or wool winter coats at St. Bernard Sports, Inwood Village, from Nov. 9-17 and get $20 toward every $100 purchase at the store. The discount must be used by Dec. 31, 2013, and there is no maximum number of coats. With each coat donation, you will also be entered into a raffle for one $2,500 St. Bernard Sports gift card.
“We are very excited about this great project and the opportunity to partner again with St. Bernard Sports to help homeless families have a warmer winter,” said Briggs. “Last year the program exceeded all our expectations. We hope to do the same again this year.”
Keep Dallas Warm sponsors include St. Bernard Sports and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Coats will be distributed by our partners at Crossroads Community Services, The Bridge and The Stewpot.
Click here for more information on Keep Dallas Warm.
Where to drop your donation:
St. Bernard Sports, Inwood Village Shopping Center, 5570 W. Lovers Lane, #388 Dallas, TX 75209 (214.357.9700)
Through Nov. 17:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: noon-6 p.m.
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in more than 650 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homes, ranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.