SPREAD the Warmth: Oct. 21-Nov. 8

Spread the Warmth is our annual winter gear collection drive to make sure neighbors in our community have what they need to stay warm, dry, and safe when the weather gets cold. Recipients will include kids, adults, and seniors.

Spread the Warmth 2019 runs October 21 to November 8. The Volunteer Center will be arranging pickup for companies that have collected two or more boxes of items. Get involved by signing up to host a collection or bringing your donations to a public drop-off site.

Shopping List

Items should be new, though coats can be gently used.

  • Hats

  • Gloves and mittens

  • Coats

  • Snowpants

  • Boots

  • Long underwear

  • Wool socks

  • Hand warmers

Shop online using our Amazon Wish List.

Public Drop-Off Sites

Heart of West Michigan United Way
118 Commerce Ave SW
Grand Rapids

Connie’s Bridal Boutique
1735 28th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49519

Benefiting Agencies

  • Kent School Services Network

  • Degage Ministries

  • ICCF Grand Rapids

  • United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM)

Sign Up to spread the warmth

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Questions about Spread the Warmth? For more information about hosting a collection site, volunteering, or donating, please contact Katelyn Kovalik, kkovalik@hwmuw.org.

Spread the Warmth 2018

Together, West Michigan businesses and individuals donated 2,231 items during our 2018 Spread the Warmth collection drive, nearly double last year’s total. Donations included more than 600 hats, 300 pairs of gloves, and 500 coats, which will be shared with community members at 22 local agencies.

Thank You, 2018 Partners

  • AAA Michigan

  • Advanced Packaging

  • Autodie LLC

  • Beene Garter LLP

  • ChoiceOne Bank

  • CompHealth

  • Custer, Inc

  • Dooge Veneers, Inc

  • Eaton Corporation



  • Hannapel Orthodonics

  • Irwin Seating Company

  • Jedco

  • Kerry

  • L-3 Avionics

  • Macatawa Bank

  • Members First Credit Union

  • Michigan Sports Academies

  • Padnos Iron and Metal Company

  • Quality Air Heating and Cooling

  • Spectrum Health

  • Two Men and a Truck-GR North

  • Wolverine Worldwide