Another Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the season of giving has to end. At ICG, we’re keeping the Christmas spirit alive with our 218 Coats in 2018 drive!
Oklahoma has finally welcomed winter with open arms… and frigid temps. It’s great if you’re enjoying it from a warm home, but not so wonderful if you’re ill equipped.
Ever see the men and women out in green vests, standing curbside in the cold to sell you a magazine for 2 bucks? Those vendors work for Curbside Chronicle, an amazing venture in OKC that gives jobs—and even housing—to those trying to work their way out of homelessness. Known for their philosophy of a hand up rather than a handout, Curbside Chronicle is doing great things for this city. In fact, they put 41 vendors in housing this year alone!
So, what we’re asking from you is simple. For those out there in the freezing temps, trying their best to get a new start, let’s share some warmth. Bring us your new or slightly used coats, and we’ll get them to the many vendors braving the cold to better their lives.
Got a new coat for Christmas? Great! Bring us your used one. Shopping with your Christmas money and stumble upon a steal? Add it to your cart! We want to get 218 coats to stock up Curbside for their current vendors, as well as the new ones coming in all the time. It takes so little to make an impact, and warmth is a great start.
Typically, the greatest need is for men’s sizes L-4XL, but we won’t turn any coats down. Bring donations by our office at 19 NE 9th Street in Automobile Alley during business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), or leave them on the rack outside when we’re closed.
Let’s do this OKC. Giving doesn’t have to end with the season.
The Curbside Chronicle is a transition tool that helps homeless and low-income individuals in Oklahoma City get back on their feet. We help our vendors build job skills and gain valuable work experience before transitioning into other career opportunities. We empower individuals to gain the confidence necessary to pursue further employment, as well as the necessary skills to maintain employment. Our vendors use their profits from magazine sales to transition into housing and reach other financial goals. We assist our vendors in their transition into housing and other employment from The Curbside Chronicle.
Street papers also seek to give a voice to the homeless by publishing articles written by the homeless and about homelessness. The Curbside Chronicle is the first and only street paper in Oklahoma.