Layering on Love This Holiday Season - Sammy Makes Six

Layering on Love This Holiday Season

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #LayerOnLove #CollectiveBias

While the holiday season is a very special time for most of us: filled with family, friends, gifts and a lot of food, it's not the same for everyone. Times are very hard these days unfortunately and there are many people, including families with kids, who will not have everything they need this coming winter. Winter is an especially hard time for those with less means to be able to keep themselves warm during the really harsh, cold months. I know that I am so incredibly thankful that my family has more than we will need. But what can we do for and about those that need a helping hand?

A coat is something you and I have probably multiples of, right? But imagine just how many people don't have at least one coat to stay warm. Coca-Cola is supporting the non-profit organization, One Warm Coat, to help provide half a million free coats this holiday season. By purchasing Coca-Cola products for our holiday festivities, we can help them meet the goal of 1/2 a million warm coats to those in need. 

Coca-Cola and One Warm Coat inspired me to take some action by putting together a holiday care box for someone who is homeless. Doing something like this is inexpensive and though it won't make a huge impact on many people, it will impact ONE person and that is enough to make worth while. Now imagine that we all made one of these boxes, and that we could encourage all of our family and friends to do the same. Now that, would make a huge impact, for there are many of us, especially Latinos. We have big families and I hope that today I can encourage some of you to make one of these boxes for someone who needs it. 

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For my holiday care shopping I shopped at Walmart, grabbing things that are essential for everyday grooming. I knew I would not be able to fit a large jacket into a shoe box but I did grab a very warm thermal shirt in a size Large which is a pretty average size for men. 

At home I found a large show box and started off by wrapping it in newspaper. I always think a box should be wrapped to make it more special and when you wrap with newspaper, you are also recycling. 

Once the box is ready to go I carefully folded and placed the shirt and then added the grooming essentials. I added a towel, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and wipes. I totally forgot to add a deodorant but I will be going back to pick up a few since I plan to make more boxes. 

Giving back like this is so easy. We all shop a lot, so when you're shopping for all those staples for your family, add a few extra. Soon you will have enough to make many of these boxes and it doesn't take either a lot of time or money. 

What more can I do to help? You can have a family coat drive, asking everyone to bring in a gently used coat when they arrive for holiday meals, and donate after. Start a canned food drive for those families in your area who need help. Or donate to your local food bank. There are so many ways to help those around us, you just have to be willing. By coming together and inspiring your family and friends to donate to One Warm Coat® on, we could collectively help to put a coat on one million people in need this winter.