“This is only the beginning. This is something we want to be bigger than us. So thank you guys…for kicking it off with us, for being here from the very beginning: believing in us, supporting us, believing in your city and supporting your community.” – Tiesta Tea’s Director of Marketing, Ashley Whitney

 

For the second year in a row, we joined forces with family, friends, local businesses and our sponsors to bring a little warmth & love to the city of Chicago. January is statistically the coldest month of the year for our city, so over 140 volunteers went out into our community to provide warm essentials, food, hot tea and a little companionship to those in shelters and soup kitchens for one night.

We were absolutely floored by the amount of support, donations and volunteers that helped make this event one to remember! After last year’s Spread The Warmth event, we wanted to DOUBLE our efforts. That meant warming 1,000 hearts with hot tea & giving out 300 Warmth Kits in 2017.

Through generous donations from Button & Zipper, Jewel-Osco, Deitz & Watson, Big Time Products, Accion Chicago, Think Jerky, Westin Hotels, Headquarters Beercade, family and friends, we not only met our goal, but we EXCEEDED it! Together, we created 350 Warmth Kits, passed out 2,000 cups of hot tea and visited 10 social service agencies in the Chicagoland area.

 

WARMTH KITS INCLUDED:

+200 deli sandwiches
+ 250 coats
+ 835 water bottles
+ 1230 granola snacks
+ 350 beef jerky packets
+ 392 gloves
+ 450 pairs of socks
+ 300 flashlights

+ 250 hats, scarves & blankets

 

 

 

 

We would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made our 2nd Annual Spread The Warmth event an amazing success! We could not have done it without each & every person that donated their time, money or warm items. We would also like to thank our special guests Anthony ‘Spice’ Adams, Dee Brown & Antonio Maestranzi for joining us!

“This is a time for us to be able to give back. This is a time for us to be able to contribute directly to people that need it. Not just donating to a charity, but actually handing stuff physically to people that need it…At the end of the day, there is nothing better than that. And that’s why we are here. We are not here to do business, we are not here to sell tea, we are here to make lives better.” – Tiesta Tea’s CEO, Dan Klein

 

 

WANT TO JOIN US AGAIN NEXT YEAR?

Spread The Warmth 2018 will be held on January 19th, 2018!

Mark your calendars! To sign up & donate, click here or reach out to our Director of Marketing, Ashley Whitney at ashley@tiestea.com!

 


“Share your blessings, share your wealth, share what you have.” – Tiesta Tea’s President, Patrick Tannous

With our Spread The Warmth event less than one month away, we are absolutely ecstatic about the amount of volunteers that have signed up, the TONS of generous donations we have received and the wonderful support we are being given from the community. We are well on our way to DOUBLING our efforts from last year and will hopefully be able to reach our goal of warming 1,000 hearts & giving out 300 Warmth Kits!

So far, we have collected over 70 Warmth Kits that were donated from individuals in our community and over 70 volunteers will be joining us to pass out hot tea and Warmth Kits. In addition, we have received generous donations from Think Jerky, Button & Zipper, Jewel-Osco, Westin Hotels, Dietz & Watson, Accion Chicago, Spice Adams and Big Time Products that will be essential in helping us fill up more Warmth Kits. Every little bit helps and there will always be more hearts to warm. So we are asking for your help. If you have any toiletries, blankets or warm clothing items to donate please click here. Thanks to everyone who attended and donated to Spread The Warmth during our Tiesta Tea 2016 Holiday Party clothing drive!

By the way, did we mention that former Chicago Bears defensive tackle, Anthony ‘Spice’ Adams, will be one of our volunteers? So if you are going to pass out tea or drive during the event, you are in for a special treat!

We are so excited for our 2nd Annual Spread the Warmth event and CANNOT WAIT until January 20th, 2017 when we get to help spread a little warmth and a little love throughout Chicago.

 

#SpreadTheWarmth Donated Items 2016

To sign up & donate click here, join our Spread The Warmth event on Facebook or reach out to our Director of Marketing, Ashley Whitney at ashley@tiestatea.com.


Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits with Mai Tea Mai Tai

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits provided the alcohol for our Mai Tea Mai Tai

Last week, we participated in an incredible charity event hosted by our non-profit partner, Common Threads. Common Threads is a non-profit organization that educates children on the importance of healthy eating through after-school cooking and nutrition programs. We’re all about encouraging everyone to Live Loose and be the best version of themselves they can be, so we love their mission and it was an honor to be a part of Common Threads’s Sixth Annual Cook-off fundraiser. It was an incredible experience, and we met tons of amazing chefs and mixologists right in our backyard!

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World Teachers Day

#WorldTeachersDay

We love TEAchers! (Sorry, we just couldn’t resist!)

We’re so grateful for all that our teachers have done for us over here at Tiesta Tea. In fact, they’re the reason we are here today!

Teachers are the reason any of us in this world have gotten where we are today- they are the wonderful people with whom we spend most of our waking hours outside of the home, and they shape us to be who we are. Luckily, our founders, Dan and Patrick, were fortunate enough to have teachers that inspired them to pursue their innate entrepreneurial spirit and do what seemed impossible: start a loose leaf tea company as college students!

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On January 22nd 2016, Tiesta Tea gathered together with friends, family, and community members to Spread the Warmth to those in need throughout Chicago. Over 70 volunteers joined together in the Tiesta Tea headquarters and banded together and headed out to the cold streets and social service agencies throughout the city, such as soup kitchens and homeless shelters. There, we passed out over 500 cups of hot tea and 150 Warmth Kits. Each cup of tea was personally brewed by the Tiesta Tea team and each of the 150 Warmth Kits was filled with warm clothing donated by friends and family, sandwiches and water bottles donated by Jewel-Osco, protein bars donated by Raw Revolution, as well as hygiene kits (soap, shampoo, & conditioner) and blankets donated by Westin Hotels. Not only did volunteers share hot tea and warmth with those in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, but most importantly we were able to share countless smiles and conversations.

Check out our video recapping our first annual Spread the Warmth Night right here! Spread the Warmth would not have been possible without our team, our corporate partners, our families, our friends, and our entire Chicago community. THANK YOU to everyone who donated, volunteered, and shared the love with us!

Missed the first one? That’s ok! We’re making this an annual event here in Chicago! Spread the Warmth Night 2017 will be on Friday January 27th at 5pm. Mark your calendars and sign up using this link! We’ll keep you in the loop with any/all Spread the Warmth news and updates.

If you’re not in Chicago and want to Spread the Warmth in your city on January 27th, email ashley@tiestatea.com for more information.

Cheers to Spreading the Warmth and making a difference!