Share the Warmth

Rain’s been scarce in the Bay Area this winter, but that doesn’t mean temperatures haven’t been chilly. You’ve probably seen the frost coating the lawns in the early morning hours on the way to work, or gone back into the house on a clear day to grab your coat after realizing how cold it is outside.

Whether or not showers are in the forecast, bundling up and staying warm is important to stay healthy and comfortable, so Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistries are taking part in One Warm Coat, a partnership between donors, volunteer leaders, social service agencies, and sponsors to help keep everyone warm by distributing donated coats to the needy.

According to the U.S. Census, one in five children lives in a household where earnings fall below U.S. poverty level. On a more local level, The Bay Citizen reports that nearly three of every ten children in Oakland are living in poverty. For these young ones, pricey winter coats get left off the shopping list. Fortunately, many of us have an extra warm coat or two hidden away in the back of the closet, and with the help of our donations, no child need go to school without being prepared for the weather.

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry recently teamed up for Toys for Tots, an effort to collect and distribute wrapped toys for disadvantaged children during the holiday season. According to Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Ngo, however, toys are more of a luxury than a coat. “We’ll be donating the coats to a children’s shelter,” Dr. Ngo says. “The children who will be benefiting are up to 18 years of age, so all sizes are welcome.”

After just one week of operation One Warm Coat, the donations for Dream Catcher Youth Shelter are already pouring in to the Alameda dental office! Has your child grown out of last year’s size? Clean out your closet and bring your used coats in by February 17!

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