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.

Why Do We Only Give New Coats?

"It's Like Christmas for Them!"

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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Our Leadership

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.

96% Program Efficiency

Operation Warm is a leader in the nonprofit space in efficiency. This past year, 96 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 Gold organization.

News & Press

Guidestar Platinum

Operation Warm Awarded Guidestar Platinum

When it comes to making good donation decisions, GuideStar Platinum is a donor’s best friend. Operation Warm is proud to announce that we have been awarded GuideStar Platinum status by…

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july fundraiser

Coats for Kids: Fourth of July Fundraiser

PHILADELPHIA – June 30, 2016:  Nonprofit, Operation Warm, announced its new ‘Coats for Kids July 4th Fundraiser’ initiative to bring warmth to American kids in need while also supporting American…

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