Researchers estimate 15,000 people sleep on Nebraska streets every night.
Like many folks, Dave and Valerie Conde were always troubled by that figure. But unlike most people, the Condes took the initiative that led to the formation of an all-volunteer nonprofit which has – in a surprisingly short amount of time – helped thousands of underprivileged children and families.
It was just two years ago that the Condes decided to put their thoughts into action. They invited others to join them.
A Warmer Day – the name the Condes chose – distributes coats and other forms of winter apparel to underprivileged children and families.
“In the first two years, we’ve given 13,000 pieces of winter apparel to those who need them,” Dave Conde said during a recent presentation to the Lincoln Sunrise Optimist Club.
Of course, A Warmer Day isn’t the only game in town – other nonprofits do similar collections to help those who need it the most. But a generous outpouring of support has allowed A Warmer Day to create a lot of warm, fuzzy feelings in a relatively short time period.
How it started
A Warmer Day simply started as a married couple’s desire to help the less fortunate and to instill the spirit of giving in their three children. “Hopefully, the legacy we’ll leave our children is a spirit of giving,” Conde told the Optimists.
Some of Conde’s colleagues at Krueger Development jumped on board. A Warmer Day really got its financial footing when the 100s of Women Who Care organization warmed up to the nonprofit’s pitch and gave $10,000 to A Warmer Day.
Working with two cleaning companies in Lincoln that donate their services, A Warmer Day takes its 24-foot box truck on the road for drop-offs at venues such as the People’s City Mission, the F Street Community Center, and the Bubba’s Closet program operated through Lincoln Public Schools.
Although distributing coats is its main mission, A Warmer Day also accepts toys, toiletries and other clothing items.
The nonprofit is also conducting a coat drive at Nelnet and hopes to expand its presence in the business community.
Drop-off locations where donated items are accepted include Lilypads Children’s Clothing Store, 4815 Old Cheney Rd.; Woods & Aitken Law Firm, 301 S. 13th St., Suite 500; all Big Red Storage locations in Lincoln; and the leasing offices at Chatacleer Residences, 1400 Garret Lane; The Mirada, 8450 Cody Dr.; Chatelaine Residences, 6201 Normal Blvd.; Fieldstone Apartment, 1101 W. C St.; Marshall Apartments, 1101 W. C St.; and Fountain Glen Apts., 6157 N.W. Second Circle.
To make a tax-deductible contribution, or to inquire about volunteering an hour or two a week, visit awarmerday.org or call 402-480-7463.
Every penny of every donation goes to the mission of creating better lives for underprivileged children and their families, said Conde.