Help keep the whole community warm!
Fill our bright baskets November 1-January 2 (see locations below).
Winter Warming gathers new, handmade items – from baby booties, shawls, sweaters, and lap blankets, to socks, mitts, hats, and scarves – to distribute to kids and families, youths, adults, singles and seniors, anyone who needs a hand staying warm as the weather turns cold.
Contact Living Earth to get involved in this Community Compassion project!
Winter Warming Donation Baskets welcome new handcrafted items November 1 – January 2 at select New Seasons Markets, all Portland Beneficial State Bank branches, and several small Portland businesses. Here’s where you can find us:
These New Seasons Markets stores:
- Grant Park : NE 32nd and Broadway
- Happy Valley : SE Sunnyside Road | 157th Ave.
- Hawthorne : SE Hawthorne | 41st
- Sellwood : 1214 SE Tacoma
- Seven Corners : SE 19th | Division
- Slabtown : NW 21st | Raleigh
- Woodstock : 4500 SE Woodstock
- Fisher’s Landing : 2100B SE 164th Ave. | Vancouver
All Beneficial State Bank locations:
- The Pearl : 320 NW 10th and Everett
- Beaumont District : 4020B NE Fremont | 42nd
- MLK : 2002 NE MLK | San Rafael
- Rose City : NE Sandy Blvd. | NE 57th
- St John’s : Lombard at N. Oswego
- Telegram | Downtown : SW Washington | 11th
Close Knit Portland: 2140 NE Alberta, Portland
CAT Thrift Store: 4838 SW Scholl’s Ferry Road, just west of Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy and Oleson Road.
About Winter Warming:
Winter Warming connects creative compassion with folks in need. Countless anonymous craftsfolk become Winter Warming bodhisattvas to help others through the winter, and we help make those connections.
How it works: Handcrafters knit, crochet, and sew hats and scarves, blankets, booties, shawls, and more for people in need, from infants through the elderly. Their fingers are busy on the bus, while they’re watching TV or listening to podcasts, working at their own pace and time.
Then, between November 1 and early January, they drop their items in our donation baskets in select New Seasons Markets and Beneficial State Bank locations and other Portland area businesses.
Living Earth volunteers pick up donations every week to be given away throughout the city. Some items are given to individuals living outdoors and others go to housed individuals and families, through our local partner agencies including IRCO, Rose Haven for Women, Meals on Wheels, Providence Elderplace, Blanchet House, Adelante Mujeres, Portland Public School Clothes Closet, and others.
In 2009, the program’s first year, we gathered 245 handmade items at one New Seasons location. The all-volunteer program has grown steadily since then, and since 2014, our baskets collect well over 1,000 items each year, from donors we’ll never know. We sort, organize, and tally them, and give them away. It’s that simple, and that beautiful.
You don’t sew or knit? You can still help this program flourish by volunteering to do donation pick-ups, tallying, data entry, and give-aways. Contact us to find out how you can help keep the Winter Warming Project strong.