London CRC helps Wrap Up London hand out over 20,000 coats

In 2020, London Community Rehabilitation Company supported Wrap Up London, who collect donated coats and distribute them to projects who ensure they go to those who need them, including homeless people, and those in refuges.

Owing to COVID-19, Wrap Up London operated differently in 2020 than previous years, with remote collection from drop off points that ensured people could donate coats safely. For those donating by post, Ted Baker sponsored postal labels allowing an additional 1,134 coats to be collected.

Collecting and distributing over 20,000 coats

All donations were quarantined before being sorted and distributed. The project was carried out on a 6,300 square foot unit, loaned to Wrap Up London, to allow volunteers and service users to sort through donations while maintaining social distancing.

Overall, 20,907 coats were collected, quarantined, sorted and distributed. Each coat was given with a handwritten note in the pocket, aiming to provide a moment of reflection and positivity for the recipient.

Service users giving back to their communities

Service users from London CRC worked alongside volunteers to quarantine and sort the coats, alongside drawing and writing the cards to go in each coat’s pocket. London CRC were also able to provide the use of our minivans to enable more coat collections to take place.

Jon Meech, CEO of HandsOn London, who organise Wrap Up London annually, said ‘every one of the 100+ community groups that asked for warm coats received them and the numbers they asked for. We would really have struggled making this happen without the help of the CP teams. Thank you.”

Grateful beneficiaries

“The coats donated have helped so many of the homeless clients that come to our church on a Wednesday for food! They are very, very grateful and so are we!” said beneficiary Edmonton Baptist Church.

Greenwich Refugee Aid and Community Enterprise added “this morning we delivered over 90 coats from Wrap Up London to local men and children. We are working hard and preparing coats for local women too and plan to deliver them soon. Thank you donors. Thank you volunteers.”

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