19 Nov

Jewish and Muslim Groups Join for Warm Coat Drive GREAT SUCCESS

barry-m-2When the temperature drops, most people reach into their closet and pull out a coat.

However, for those who don’t have a closet or even a coat, cold weather just means more misery. It’s particularly bad on those assembled along the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Black Hills. Many are Native Americans in unthinkable poverty!

In an effort to alleviate that misery and make a small, but significant difference in the lives of children and adults in need, Barry Barkan and the Live Oak Institute, Ashoka Foundation, and Jewish Congregation Beth El; the Berkeley Masjid and their neighbors; and the AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION, (AMWF) formed a “One Warm Coat Drive”!

The project started as a result of a conversation between Barry Barkan and Abdul-Jalil in front of the Masjid during the weekly Jumaah “Free Farmers Market” Food Giveaway at the Berkeley Masjid in Berkeley, Ca, iA.The effort was facilitated by Dr. M. Yusuf Sheikh and Gamil Serajuddin at the Masjid!

We received hundreds of items, and cash donations that was used to buy more goods, that was trucked to Concord, packed and sent off to those in need!!barry-m-5

This simple idea of collecting coats and distributing them to those who need them will stretch on through December, maybe longer.

Now, AMWF wants to have individuals, retailers, schools or businesses to host a Warm Coat Drive. You can host your area collection with local residents by having a collection box at a Starbucks, at the Park, at churches, at the YMCA, your local business, or Masjid. We can arrange to stop by several times a week to pick up the donations. We will also accept cash donations. 

AMWF has set a goal of collecting 2,000 warm items this year with our wish list of all clean, reusable or new warm items including: coats, blankets, hats, scarves, sweats and other warm items in any and all sizes, infant through adult.

Donations may be made by check and mailed to: AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION (AMWF- Warm Coat), 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland CA  94605-3032; you can donate with Paypal email to: amwft@amwftrust.org, or our PayPal Fundraising Link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SE6DGFDH9XVKL 

Donations may also be made digitally on the web at: http://amwftrust.org 

Questions?  Please call: (510) 394-4101. Email: amwft@amwftrust.org

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