|Coats ready for their new owners!|
Winter is almost here! Once again, the low temperatures will make us want to stay warm at home as much as possible. And if we have to go outside, most of us can always rely on a warm coat to protect us from the cold!
Unfortunately, not everybody is so lucky. Some people cannot afford a good coat, and for them, winter can be a real nightmare. That is why this year inwhatlanguage Cares has launched an initiative to help solve this problem: a Coat Drive!
The newest member of the iwl team, Karlie Bodine, has been in charge of organizing the gathering and shipping of the coats. “I came up with the idea because, truthfully, I am not a big fan of the cold!” explains Karlie. “I knew that there were many people in our community that needed the appropriate clothes for the fall and winter, and I thought a Coat Drive would be the perfect way to help.”
|Karlie Bodine was|
responsible for the Coat Drive.
The campaign lasted a week and finished on October 31st, and even though the response at first was “slow”, according to Karlie, in the end she was able to gather many bags full of warm coats… Really good-quality ones! “Once the deadline started getting closer, many people started to come forward and say that they had coats to donate! A lot of people had old skiing and snowboarding coats that they donated,” says Karlie.
The coats have been successfully donated to the Road Home, in Salt Lake City, where they accept donations of coats, jackets, hoodies and blankets for the people in need.
|All of these bags are full of|
the coats that were donated!
Thank you very much!
This iwlCares initiative has been the perfect way for Karlie to start feeling integrated in the team – giving back to the community is, after all, one of the cornerstones of iwl’s philosophy. “I think that it is amazing that inwhatlanguagedoes so much community service. I mean, how many other companies do you hear of that do service projects every month? It is truly a worthwhile experience to help those around you, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”
Karlie admits that organizing the campaign was a little overwhelming at first, but as things began to work out, she felt it was great – among other things, because she could count on the help of the rest of the team. “I think everyone really tried to collect as many coats as they could and we all came together nicely! I’m very happy with the outcome. We have collected so many coats to help so many people! I couldn’t be happier with the turnout.”