Giving Thanks

In the wake of Thanksgiving, now is as good a time as ever to give thanks. To our health, our families, our friends. To those of us that have all that, that is truly enough. Such is not the case for a rising number of individuals who, especially in New York, really are our neighbors, and in the wake of a philanthropic e-mail I’ve just recently received about fashion brands doing good and running coat drives, now is the perfect time to pile up our warmest coats and give them away.

Because when you give, you get that much more. And really, how many coats does one really need? I know, I know.





Barbour, the quintessential British fashion brand, announced its ongoing partnership with One Warm Coat for the sixth consecutive year – but now with a twist. Barbour pledged to match all donated coats turned in at its U.S. retail stores with a Barbour sweater or shirt to each selected charity.

They’ve partnered with One Warm Coat and for every coat that you donate, Barbour will match your donation with a new coat by the brand. From November 15th through December 31st, they will be will be accepting any worn coat in wearable condition for men or women. coats nationally at the following locales. All links below are hyperlinked to show the locations where the donations will be accepted, New York included.

  • 2042 North Halsted Street in Chicago, Ill. – Streetwise
  • 54 E. Walton Street in Chicago, Ill. – Streetwise
  • 280 US Route 1 in Kittery, Maine – Fair Tide

Join Barbour and support those in need this winter by dropping off coats during regular store hours at your local Barbour store. Local Barbour store hours can be found at

Today, let’s think of a way we can help someone who is hungry, alone, or just freezing cold. I am baking cookies for Thanksgiving, gathering root vegetables for a side dish, setting the table for Hanukkah which begins tonight, and donating those coats.

yellow coat

uptobe coat

Do I even like this yellow coat I bought last season on when others have so little?

photo: Lydia Hudgens 

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