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It’s much more than just keeping warm …

WTAE’TV’s project Bundle-Up does more than just #BundleThemUp with hats, coats, gloves, scarves and boots.

Providing NEW winter outerwear for disadvantaged children and seniors, who may have only previously worn secondhand coats, or no coats at all, is also helping to improve their health and self-esteem.

Taking kids and seniors shopping with caring volunteers also bundles them up with love, giving them the sense of being cared for that comes from someone spending time with them…. talking with them…. listening to them….

Providing boots, gloves, hats along with coats helps to keep not only kids, but senior citizens safe, warm and healthy during harsh Western Pennsylvania winters.

Created in 1986, WTAE-TV’s project Bundle-Up is a joint community service effort of The Salvation Army and WTAE-TV Channel 4. This unique program, utilizing over 1,000 volunteers each year, provides new winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens and boots to thousands of underprivileged Western Pennsylvanian children and senior citizens annually. Over the past 35 years, WTAE-TV’s project Bundle-Up has raised more than $15.5 million and provided new winter outerwear for nearly 290,000 individuals.

Project Bundle-Up Goal: The mission of WTAE-TV’s project Bundle-Up is to raise funds to provide all new warm winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, and boots) for children and senior citizens from low income households throughout Western Pennsylvania. Through the program, children ages birth-18 are provided up to $75 for new outerwear items, while seniors aged 62 years and older typically receive $100 for the purchase of such apparel. Project Bundle-Up aids an individual once every two years in order to reach more people in need each season. Project Bundle-Up provides funding to nearly 5,000 individuals annually; however, many must be turned away and added to a waiting list until more funds become available.

The need for project Bundle-Up: Western Pennsylvania winters can have devastating effects on working low income households. Purchasing essential winter outerwear can present a challenge for families with growing children and seniors living on a fixed income, particularly when increases in heating costs tend to become a priority. As a result, many kids and seniors go without the essential warm winter gear that is needed.

How to Apply

Applications for Project Bundle-Up Assistance start in September. Your local Salvation Army can answer your application questions. To find The Salvation Army nearest to you, please click here and enter your ZIP CODE.