Community Help Needed to Meet Winter Warm-UP Goals

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Warm clothing drive launched with the support of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce benefits students.

It is important that we let [children] know this is a community that values their education and stands ready to help them reach their full potential.

With fall in full swing and early morning temperatures near freezing, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you that there are many children who need our help to stay warm this winter.

Jamie McNealy, co-chair of the Chamber’s Education Committee, said that while many coat drives are conducted over the holidays, often-times children lack warm clothing underneath. To meet this need, each year the Committee organizes a Winter Warm-UP online clothing drive. For only $10, donors can purchase a “kit” containing a hat, gloves and fleece sweat suit. The Committee then distributes this warm clothing to Title I schools in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The goal is to keep kids focused on learning by meeting one of their most basic needs; the need for warm clothing during cold weather months.

“We believe that strong business and strong community go hand in hand. These children are our future workforce, our future leaders. It is important that we let them know this is a community that values their education and stands ready to help them reach their full potential,” said Rob Clapper, President & CEO of the Prince William Chamber.

This year, the Chamber seeks to reach 700 children through the program. To date, close to 200 kits have been purchased. Fund raising for the program kicked off when the Prince William Education Association presented the Education Committee with a check for $1,000, to be used for 100 Winter Warm-Up kits. All residents, community groups and businesses are invited to participate and help meet the goal and make a difference in the lives of local students.

To donate online, visit and look for the Winter Warm-UP graphic in the homepage slider. Checks can also be mailed to the Chamber Headquarters at 9720 Capital Court, Suite 203, Manassas, VA, 20110, c/o Winter Warm-UP.

For questions about the Winter Warm-UP or other community outreach activities of the Prince William Chamber, visit and click on tab labeled “The Chamber” or call 703-368-6600.

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