Carbone fires-up more mitts for kids!

A $5 donation buys a pair of quality leather mitts through Valentine’s Day.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza is again helping keep little hands warm in Winnipeg’s frigid weather.

Last year they were able to purchase 350 pairs of leather mitts for Koats for Kids after a mitt drive at their two locations let staff and customers purchase a pair of mitts for $5.

The generosity is back, and co-owners Joe Paletta and Benjamin Nasberg think it will surpass last year.

“We are going to crush last year,” said Benjamin.

For every $5 donation made thru Valentine’s Day at Carbone’s St. Mary Avenue or Taylor Avenue locations a pair of quality leather mitts from Richlu Manufacturing will be purchased for Koats for Kids. Richlu is providing the mitts at a generous discount to help the cause.

Carbone co-owners Benjamin Nasberg, left, and Joe Paletta hold up cards donors buying mitts for kids can add their names to.

Carbone co-owners Benjamin Nasberg, left, and Joe Paletta hold up cards donors buying mitts for kids can add their names to.

Donors can also write their names on a card for display in the restaurants.

Joe says the response has been great since they started the donation drive in January.

“Everyone can relate to being cold.”

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Carbone is also issuing a challenge to businesses and organizations: donate $200 to their Koats for Kids mitt drive and they will deliver some pizzas to you!

A Facebook photo shows Carbone delivering pizza to Downtown Winnipeg Biz to thank them for a $200 donation.

A Facebook photo shows Carbone delivering pizza to Downtown Winnipeg Biz to thank them for a $200 donation.

 

Sobeys generous with mitts for Koats for Kids!

Sobeys was inspired by Carbone Coal Fired Pizza to put mitts on kids!

It’s a wonderful thing when generosity inspires generosity.

When Sobeys Kildonan manager Scott Innes was looking for a way to give back, he looked on United Way Winnipeg’s website.

There he found the story about Carbone Coal Fired Pizza raising money to purchase hockey mitts for United Way’s Koats for Kids program.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza managing partner Benjamin Nasberg, Donna Albak, program manager for Koats for Kids, Michael Nugent, and chef and managing partner Joe Paletta with their Koats donation last February.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza managing partner Benjamin Nasberg, Donna Albak, program manager for Koats for Kids, Michael Nugent, and chef and managing partner Joe Paletta with Carbone’s Koats donation last February.

Scott says the idea of helping provide children with winter gear through Koats for Kids inspired him.

“I have two young kids, and I can’t imagine them going without mitts or having to go to school without a jacket.”

Scott sourced hockey mitts from Richlu Manufacturing – the same company that supplied Carbone – where they gave him a good price to help the cause.

Then last month the store ran a 3-day campaign for staff and customers. For a $5 donation people could write their names on coloured paper mittens cut out by Jennifer Downey, the Engagement Champion at Sobeys Kildonan. The paper mittens were then strung onto yarn to adorn a Christmas tree displaying the generous donors.

The Christmas tree with little paper mitts displayed names of generous donors.

The Christmas tree with little paper mitts displayed names of generous donors.

In total they raised enough to purchase 254 pairs of hockey mitts.

“They’re so generous in this area, anytime we do something” Scott said of his customers.

“I think that’s fabulous.”

Sobeys Engagement Champion Jennifer Downey (from left), Assistant Manager Rex Quilapio, United Way Community Involvement Associate Mariah Baldwin, and Manager Scott Innes with 254 pairs of hockey mitts destined to keep kids hands warm.

Sobeys Engagement Champion Jennifer Downey (from left), Assistant Manager Rex Quilapio, United Way Community Involvement Associate Mariah Baldwin, and Manager Scott Innes with 254 pairs of hockey mitts destined to keep kids hands warm.

Every year Koats for Kids collects, cleans, and distributes over 6,000 coats and 22,000 additional pieces of winter outerwear, and it wouldn’t be possible without donations from the community.

Scott is already hatching plans for a future Koats fundraiser – one with some added excitement.

“Next year we’re going to have a little friendly competition with (Carbone Coal Fired Pizza)…I haven’t talked to them about it yet though.”

Workplace of the Week: Carbone Coal Fired Pizza warms up 700 little hands.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza’s Joe Paletta & Benjamin Nasberg hoped to raise enough money at their two Carbone Pizza locations to buy 50 new youth-sized mitts for Winnipeg kids.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza donates 350 pairs of mitts to Koats for Kids!

350 pairs later, they’ve been delighted with the warm response to their request for $5 donations from customers and staff to help pay for each pair.

“There’s something about Winnipeggers – we know how cold it gets and we want to help kids stay warm,” Paletta says.

All kinds of warm-hearted people got in on the $5 request. Downtown bartender Cam Craig bought a pair of mitts every single shift he worked in the month of January.

Cam Craig, generous bartender!

Cam Craig, generous bartender. Photos by Carbone Coal Fired Pizza.

Sean at Still Cove Wine donated 20 pairs, and Carbone’s friend Michael Nugent bought 100 pairs!Carbone Donation Wall

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It took only a day and half to reach 200 pairs, because Winnipeggers just can’t resist lending a (warm) helping hand. All told Carbone Coal Fired Pizza was able to rustle up 350 pairs of new mitts from Richlu.

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Mitts are always welcome at Koats for Kids, as children tend to lose them, rip them, and go through more than one pair in a season.