About Us

Our Story

While driving on the streets of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Dick Sanford encountered a sight that eventually spurred the formation of Operation Warm: a group of children – coatless – huddled at a bus stop on a cold December morning in 1998. The sight led Dick to drive to a local department store and purchase every coat in stock. With the help of his local rotary club, those 58 coats were given directly to kids in need.

This gesture of kindness inspired the creation of Operation Warm. The first 58 coats were purchased by one man, but the millions of coats since then have been a result of communities united, working together to improve the livelihood of children living in poverty.

How do we accomplish our mission?

We work with organizations around the country that help us provide coats to hundreds of thousands of children every year.

Our Mission

We provide brand new winter coats to children in need, helping to improve self-confidence, peer acceptance, school attendance, and overall wellness.

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Our Brand New Coats

When a child who has so little gets to pick out a brand new coat in their favorite color, it not only keeps them warm all winter long, it sets off a spark – it acts as #morethanacoat.

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News & Press

Operation Warm Launches National Volunteer Initiative, Strengthens Efforts to Combat Childhood Poverty

Operation Warm Launches National Volunteer Initiative, Strengthens Efforts to Combat Childhood Poverty

Operation Warm Continues Supporting Low-Income Kids with Help from Community Chadds Ford, PA – Since 1998, Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children…

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Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Teams Up with Nonprofit Operation Warm to Provide 500 Coats to Sanford Children in Need

Nonprofit continues Coats for Kids Foundation with support from Cafua Management Company Sanford, ME. – More than one in four children in Sanford live in families with incomes below the federal…

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Financials, Filings and Ratings

Open Up Our Books

We believe in full transparency and that our supporters, program managers and the general public have the right view our financials and filings.

95% Program Efficiency

Operation Warm is a leader in the nonprofit space in efficiency. This past year, 95 cents on every dollar raised went to our coat program.

Highly Rated Nonprofit

We have a 5 star rating on GreatNonprofits and have been recognized by GuideStar as a Platinum participant, their highest honor.

Staff & Board of Directors

Our small but passionate team works year-round to ensure children in need receive brand-new coats.

Meet the Team