This season marks the fourth year of The Gift of Warmth, Aritzia’s annual warm winter clothing donation initiative. As per tradition, they’re giving thousands of their warmest parkas, puffers, wool coats and jackets to Aritzia Community™ partners, who will distribute the coats to women and children who need them most.
The goal is to help keep communities across North America warm during the coldest time of the year — all through Aritzia’s favourite medium: really well-made clothes.
A Better Everyday. Together.™
Inside and outside the holidays, Aritzia is on a mission to drive positive change in their community by focusing on three areas of impact: Opportunity, Wellbeing and Belonging. Although they see The Gift of Warmth most directly impacting community Wellbeing, they believe there’s no predicting the positive ripple effect the right coat can have.
To date, Aritzia has gifted warm winter coats and jackets to over 13,000 people across North America. This year, The Gift of Warmth will reach over 4,000 women and children across Canada and the USA.
Aritzia Community™ Partners
The Gift of Warmth would not be possible without these organizations, who carry out the important task of distributing Aritzia’s donated coats.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
- YWCA Canada
- Stonewall Community Foundation
- Urban Native Youth Association
- The Brotherhood Sister Sol
- Cause We Care Foundation
- Mamas For Mamas
- Out My Closet
- Union Gospel Mission
- Vancouver School Board
“This donation will provide the gift of warmth for the youth and families that we serve this winter, helping to alleviate a significant financial burden during the current cost of living crisis. It will remove a of great deal of stress for families, allowing them to focus on what matters most, helping the young people they support to realize their full potential.” – Jessica Forster Broomfield, Director of Programs, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
“We are grateful to Aritzia for their generous donations of winter coats for women residing in YW’s Crisis Shelter. Having access to a warm winter coat can mean the world for those who often leave a domestic violence situation with just the clothes on their back. This donation of new winter coats ensures women’s basic needs are met with both dignity and compassion.” – Stacey Ashton, Manager of Shelter Services and Affordable Housing, YWCA Calgary
“The impact of the coat donations through Aritzia’s Gift of Warmth program extends beyond providing physical warmth; they also provide emotional warmth, hope, and a sense of belonging to those who receive them. We are genuinely thankful for this support as it has made a substantial impact in the lives of the mothers, caregivers, and communities we serve.” – Celen Arthur, National Partnerships Director, Mamas For Mamas
“Aritzia, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous donation of coats to Out My Closet’s clients, specifically under-resourced and unhoused LGBTQ youth and transgender women of color. Your commitment to supporting those in need reflects the true spirit of compassion and inclusivity. Through your contribution, you are not only providing essential items but also affirming the dignity and value of every individual. You can see clearly how illuminated the clients become being able to choose the coat they like and that identifies with their own personal style and gender-identity.” – Michael A. Narain, President & Founder, Out My Closet