My grandfather came to the United States at the age of 5 from Denmark. His family was very poor and the only memories of his childhood that he had was how cold he was. My mother contributed warm winter coats for local kids. This inspired me to start a non-profit to distribute warm winter clothing (wool hats, mittens and sweaters) to local children. This began in 2001 and has grown to be a valuable asset to the community, all with volunteer help (not one penny has ever been spent on payroll). Winters in Maine involve extremely cold weather and significant snow. It is now time to organize as a 501(c)(3) charity and develop a web site to explain more about what we do and how people can become involved. It is expensive to apply for charitable status with application fees and legal costs. We can expand our contribution to the community with your help. Our long range goal is to offer grants to people or organizations that improve the lives of local children.