Can you take hats, gloves and scarves? Yes! We will take them to the homeless and they will count toward our goal! The homeless need these items as much as the coats and blankets we originally started with. Knit hats only, please.
Do you take other items? Athletic shoes and socks. Other than that, if you have any items you think we could place, shoot us an email. We got several industrial coffee makers last year that we were able to place. This is not our main focus, but we’re happy to try and help if we can.
Do I get a tax write-off? Project WarmUs is not a non-profit organization; it’s just a couple of chicks with an idea to help the homeless. However, we partner with 501(c)(3) nonprofit OurCalling in Dallas.
Cash Donations: You can get a tax deduction for cash donations through our distribution partner Our Calling in Dallas. Cash donations can be made securely online through our website, which is processed directly through Our Calling. Every $2 counts as one item. Please put PROJECT WARM US in the memo field.
Non-cash Donations (warm things): The IRS does not require a receipt for your donation to a drop location. You can simply make a note in your records to include the date you donated, the location where you dropped the items, the address of OurCalling (the 501(c)(3) organization that distributes our coats and blankets – below), and the value of your donation. This personally-written memo is acceptable to the IRS as proof of a donation. Your tax preparer should be able to affirm this for you.
Mailing Address: PO Box 140428 Dallas, TX 75214
Is this program only in North Texas? Mostly, although we have added other areas that are interested in collecting for their area. You can ship a donation box to any of the drop points. If you would like to start this in your area, please contact us. We will gladly share our marketing materials and collection knowledge.
Can you take used stuff? What condition? Yes, we can take gently used items. The whole point of these is for warmth. If it’s a small hole or a broken button, that’s not an issue. Please make sure donated items are clean, as most of these recipients don’t have access to laundry facilities.
Do the items need to be clean? This may sound like a crazy question, but yes, it’s extremely helpful to have clean items. Homeless people rarely have access to laundry facilities.
Does a jacket count? Yes. Jackets, heavy sweatshirts and very heavy sweaters are fine. People can layer these and they do count toward our total.
Do sheets count as blankets? No, as they provide no warmth, but we will place them if we get them.
Do you need kids blankets and kids coats? We do need mostly adult items, however we can take kids items. They will be distributed through Denton County Friends of the Family, Mission Arlington and Casa Hogar Elim orphanage (Nuevo Laredo, Mexico). We really do need a lot of adult sizes though, so please think about giving those coats you just don’t wear anymore.
What happened to the items I donated last year? We get this question a lot. There are many issues facing the homeless population, therefore there are many answers to that question. See our blog post explaining where your donations go.
How can I host a drop spot? Simply fill out our short form to let us know you’re collecting, place a box or bag on your porch or in your business and start collecting. When you are done collecting, you will need to deliver your items to one of our central drop points in either Frisco, Highland Village or downtown Dallas.Drop Spot Request