“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 firstname.lastname@example.org!