Share The Warmth - Coat and Blanket Drive



Bal Vihar will have a coat, blanket & comforter drive (gently used or new) on Sunday, October 29, 2017. These will be donated to the International Institute of St. Louis (IISL), and distributed free to new American (refugee) families. Many of these families have recently arrived in the US, and they struggle for basic necessities. Through this drive, let us give them the gift of warmth, and an opportunity to stay healthy and safe through the winter.

This initiative comes close on the heels of a recent, successful Indian Clothing Drive that was organized by the Bal Vihar Youth Group, with support from Youth Group families. About 215+ clothes were collected and donated to IISL, for new Americans from Nepal, Bhutan and from other countries where Indian clothing is used. The intent was to help these new Americans feel at home and closer to their culture. Indeed, the IISL response said it all: "The clothes were received with much gratitude...Thank you for providing so many beautiful outfits, the clients loved them and were very appreciative".