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Spread The Warmth Winter Coat Drive - 2019 - THANK YOU THUNDER BAY!

Posted on October 02 2019

Spread The Warmth Winter Coat Drive - 2019 - THANK YOU THUNDER BAY!

Friday December 20th 2019: 

  • 1202 Items Collected to-date.
  • Last day of this year's campaign. Thank You Thunder Bay
  • This years 6 Winners were all notified.

R. North
H. Smith
C. Maki
J. Hunter
B. Rikkonen
M. McChristie


    About the Coat Drive:

    The days are getting shorter and colder lets get ready to "Spread the Warmth" 

    Thank you Thunder Bay for supporting our 13th season and our community partnership between Gear Up For Outdoors, Shelter House [Grace Place], Precious Bundles, and The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.

    So many in our community are blessed by the donations of your winter coats. There is never trouble finding a warm fit for those in need. The generosity of our community & outlying areas has always left a lasting impression on all those who benefit from your generous donations.  

    This Event would not be complete without mentioning our partners; The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, TBaytel as well as our Media Partners; Dougall Media, The Walleye and Shout Media.

    Numerous businesses within our community encourage their employees, friends and families to "Spread the Warmth" and give generously for those in need; 

    A Special thanks for the following businesses and their employees;
    Grant Thornton, RBC, Canada BrokerLink, Push Fitness, Maintain Air/Porter and Sleeping Giant Brewery.

    With the cold weather upon us we thank the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for their invaluable network of business owners for getting the word out to their employees, friends and families for the 2019 Spread the Warmth Winter Coat Drive Campaign. 

    The Staff at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center TBRHSC are so deserving.

    The North of Superior Health Group "NOSH" [Terrace Bay, Marathon & Schreiber Hospitals] collect donations along the North Shore communities and Courtesy Courier brings them to Thunder Bay.

    Public School groups also help in collecting jackets & coats for this annual community event.

    A special thanks to Lowery's Thunder Bay for the exposure of the Spread the Warmth Campaign on their digital signboard on Central Avenue. 


    • Media Release: Tuesday October 1st - 11:00am at Shelter House 42 George Street
    • Coat Drive Dates: Tuesday October 1st thru to Friday December 20th, 2019
    • Draw Date: Friday December 20th, 2019
    • Drop Off Location: Gear Up For Outdoors Ltd. 894 Alloy Place [Off of Central Avenue] 



    Emily, Melody, Michelle, Jon, Bob & Tom

     In Support of Shelter House Thunder Bay & Precious Bundles

    The Staff of Gear Up for Outdoors has given their time generously over the past 13 years; a true testament to the success of this community based project.

    Gear Up For Outdoors and The Keg Steakhouse, presents the Spread the Warmth Winter Coat Drive.
    Bring in any of your gently used (clean) winter jackets/coats and they will be donated to our friends at Precious Bundles and The Shelter House.

    Be a part of something great this winter and donate your clean used winter jackets. Grace Place was the recipient and distribution center for all of the jackets & coats collected on behalf of Shelter House Thunder Bay. 

    Any clean gently used jacket donated will be delivered weekly & directly to;

    • Precious Bundles [Infants to age 16]  The Need for Kids Clothing is always dire.
    • Shelter House [Adult Men/Women]  Grace Place ensures delivery to those in need.
    • The Shelter House S.O.S. Van picks up Jackets from Gear Up.

    First Jackets of the Season / Boxed for Pick-Up  

    Shelter House S.O.S. Van Picking Up Jackets
    Tbaytel Gloves Provided w/ every Coat Donated (While Supplies Last)

      For every donation collected you will receive;

      • A chance to win 1 of [6] $100.00 Keg Steakhouse & Bar Gift Certificates.
      • Gear Up For Outdoors will give you a 15% Discount on the purchase price of a new winter jacket.
      • A pair of Tbaytel knit gloves will be included with each donated winter jacket while supplies last.
      • Draw & Winners will be held and notified on Friday Dec 20th. Just in time for Christmas Gift Giving.

      One of [6] $100.00 Gift Cards
      from Bob & Tom of the Keg Steakhouse & Bar

        Thank You Thunder Bay the City with the Giant Heart.

        The Gear Up For Outdoors Event Team
           Jon, Sheri, Joe

         Hi Jon, 

        What an incredible amount of coats that have been collected! Kudos to you  and all of your staff, along with all of the people who have donated so far. There are many more people warm this winter season because of you! 

        Development Officer
        Shelter House Thunder Bay
        December 11/2018

        Hello Jon!

        We are so blessed by the incoming coats for those in need. The SOS Team have been very good at delivering and getting them into our hands. So far we have been able to outfit each and every request and without this service, I dare think of where those in need would be. This is literally a life saving project and are thankful!  Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

        Grace Place
        December 11/2018 

        Thank you for again partnering with Precious Bundles on this project.  We truly appreciate the time and effort that you and your staff put into the coat drive.Yes, absolutely – the families we serve most definitely benefited from the coats and ski pants that were donated through Spread the Warmth. We look forward to working with you again next year. Enjoy the rest of the winter – sounds like the cold is about to hit! 

        Precious Bundles
        January 15/2019