The Diocese of Des Moines
Iowa winter a first for refugee families - coats urgently needed!
December 13, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

Winter has arrived! If you are feeling miserable because of our Iowa winter weather, just think of those who don’t have proper coats or hats or boots!


We currently have an urgent need for winter-wear in the Refugee Resettlement Program. Help us create a warm Iowa welcome to families coming from war-torn countries (many of which have never seen snow!)


How can you help?

Donate new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and snow pants. All sizes needed! 

  • Hold a donation drive at work or at your church.
  • Hosting a holiday party? Ask your guests to bring new or gently used winter-wear items.
  • Kids looking for service projects? Organize a “Warm Welcome” coat drive for Refugee families.
  • Out shopping and find a great sale on winter coats? Pick one up for a refugee who is experiencing an Iowa winter for the first time.

Donations can be dropped off

Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-4:30pm at:

Catholic Charities

601 Grand Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50309


Thank you for helping to create a WARM IOWA WELCOME for refugee families! Save to


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