GivingTuesday is a global day of philanthropy, held annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It’s an opportunity for businesses and their various partners and stakeholders to come together to make a difference, in their unique way, for causes important to them and the communities they call home. At DOC, that’s always meant working hand-in-hand with our property managers and health care partners to create unique activations across our portfolio.
This year’s effort was inspired by a TikTok video created by the daughter of a former patient at our Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, TX. The heartfelt and moving clip demonstrates just how much meaning can be sewn into a simple article of clothing and how comforting a warm coat can be to someone who is struggling. So, in that spirit of “Giving the Gift of Warmth,” we encouraged each of our property managers to stage coat drives or other related events at their facilities in the weeks leading up to GivingTuesday as part of this effort.
As usual, our committed and generous partners did not disappoint. Here is just a sampling of the GivingTuesday initiatives that took place across our portfolio this year:
Dallas, TX: Inspired by the heartfelt TikTok video, our DOC management team at the Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center held in-person and virtual coat drives to benefit The Stewpot, a haven for homeless and at-risk individuals. Their efforts resulted in 80 coats and nearly 100 additional cold-weather items such as socks, gloves, and hats collected to support those in need.
Atlanta, GA: Our management partners at Realty Trust Group (RTG) facilitated a collection of winter coats and canned food items for local charities, including the Salvation Army, Nicholas House, Gwinnett Family Promise Mission, and My Sister’s House. The team amassed more than 100 coats and over 100 food items.
Fredericksburg, VA: Our partners at Flagship Health Properties hosted a coat drive and collected close to 50 adult and children’s coats for a local homeless shelter.
Indianapolis, IN: Our partners at Cornerstone Team asked their tenants to donate new toys for the Lawrence Fire Department’s Holiday Family Assistance Program and winter weather gear for Hamilton County Kids Coats program. In addition, the team shared themed cake pops and beautifully decorated cookies from a local bakery as a sweet reward. The response was so positive that the team extended the collection timeframe beyond GivingTuesday to accommodate everyone wanting to give.
Minneapolis, MN: The Minneapolis Davis Team volunteered at Second Harvest Heartland, packaging rice into one-pound containers to be distributed to food pantries across Minnesota. They also challenged their tenants to donate time to charities of their choosing.
Omaha, NE: DOC’s Omaha-based management team sponsored a coat drive at their Kearney and Omaha properties, encouraging their tenants and their patients to do some early “spring cleaning” to gather up unused warm clothing. Their efforts resulted in over 60 coats to benefit local charities.
Regardless of how our partners chose to participate, they all succeeded in spreading much-needed warmth within their communities. We’re so proud of their generosity and commitment to help DOC continue to Invest in better this holiday season and always.