For many of us, the excitement of skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports allows us to enjoy Utah’s infamous snowy outdoors. But for many newly arrived refugees, this winter will be the first time they have ever seen snow. The Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive, organized by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City, ensures refugees feel adequately prepared for our harsh Utah winters.
What It Is
This is an opportunity to clean out your closet and support newly arrived refugee adults and children as they strive to regain control of their future and thrive within our community. The IRC will be distributing winter clothing items to over 300 newly arrived refugees in mid-October after receiving clothing donations from the community. There will also be volunteer opportunities at a distribution event occurring on October 18 and 19.
How Can I Get Involved?
Donations will be accepted from September 16 through October 11 between 1-5 pm on weekdays. The IRC in Salt Lake City is accepting clean, new or like-new condition:
- Coats & Jackets
- Winter Boots
- Winter Hats & Beanies
- Gloves & Scarves
- Warm Socks
Contact Jen Dean, the IRC development specialist at DonateSLC@rescue.org to schedule a time for your donation drop-off. Donations can be dropped off at 221 South 400 West in Salt Lake City.
Fore more information on what and how to donate, check out the IRC in Salt Lake City's website here.
Individuals, as well as small and large groups, are encouraged to volunteer and support the IRC’s efforts to help set up the winter “pop-up” shop, hang clothes, organize racks, sort winter clothing for families, and act as a personal shopper for a refugee family or individual.
To sign up as a volunteer for this event, sign up here.
This is your chance to make a difference.
The [mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Their aim is to place high-impact, cost-effective solutions to help people’s lives affected by crisis.
Underbelly has partnered with the IRC in Salt Lake City to contribute to the people within our planet who need it most. We strongly believe in our social responsibility to the planet, and to the people who inhabit it. We stand for a world that welcomes.