As skiers we are familiar with the worst winter has to offer but nobody is more challenged by frigid temps than impoverished populations without proper clothing.
Sharing Warmth Around the Globe, better known as SWAG, was started in Vail by the National Ski Areas Association and since their birth in 2002, they have committed countless hours of to keep 3rd world residents protected from winters that would otherwise prove deadly.
In order to remedy this dire situation, SWAG has partnered with 79 ski areas across North America to take outdated resort outerwear and give it to those less fortunate across the world. People in Nepal, Afghanistan, and Russia are now protected from the cold while rocking rad vintage gear from Taos!
“We thank God that people like you exist, and that you care about those who have nothing.” – Polish Non-Profit
Seriously though, it’s no laughing matter and these pieces of outerwear and apparel can be the difference between life and death in some cases. Don’t believe us?
In a thank you letter addressed to SWAG and the NSAA, a Polish recipient emphasized the importance of the charity’s contributions saying. “Thanks to SWAG, people such as the 132 long-term ill adults at the Social Care House in Lapy are now able to go outside to breathe fresh air during the frigid Polish winters, and children in fifteen orphanages can walk to school and play outdoors without risking serious illness and frostbite.”
The National Ski Areas Association’s SWAG (Sharing Warmth Around the Globe) program is dedicated to the distribution of retired ski resort uniforms to those in need in cold weather countries throughout the world.
Find out more here: Sharing Warmth Around The Globe