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Why Your Friends are Giving Kids Their Independence

July 06, 2016

Patriotic StarWe as Americans are known for our patriotism – for our unwillingness to simply lay down in the face of adversity and oppression. We are a people who have come together through tragedy and strife; it is this spirit that founded our country and this spirit that has carried us through for generations.

One of the biggest threats toward our independence can often be a silent one. It attacks the defenseless and the innocent, and must be attacked with the full force of our resources.


Youth Homelessness: One Simple Gift Can Mean The World

June 30, 2016

coat close upWhat would it feel like to lose all the possessions that you have? What would it feel like to be left without a home or a place to rest without a shelter from the cold, rain, or wind? The stress, the anxiety, and the fear would be overwhelming. 

According to the most recent study done by the U.S. Department of Justice, homelessness is a reality for approximately 1,682,900 homeless youth.


Hero’s Haul Fire Truck Pull: How You Can Be a Hero

June 20, 2016

Are you looking for a fun and competitive activity to do with your friends, family or coworkers? Do you think that together you are strong enough to pull a fire truck? If so, compete in the very first HERO’S HAUL Fire Truck Pull. Not only will you get to show off your strength, but all proceeds will be used to provide a new winter coat for a Pittsburgh child living in poverty.


Growing Wings: The Snow Angel Program

June 15, 2016

“There is no exercise better for the soul than reaching down and lifting people up.”
-John Andrew Holmes

It feels good to give. Whether you’re buying birthday presents for your kids, buying flowers for a loved one, or donating to a charity or nonprofit organization, there’s something about the act of giving that makes you glow in knowing that you’ve helped to make someone happier.


Coats with Style

June 15, 2016

Before stepping out into the frigid January morning, Marcee looks back at her mother with one last tearful glance and asks her mom, again, not to make her go to school in her older brother's hand-me-down jacket. Mom shakes her head from side to side the way she does every morning, and points in the direction of the elementary school a few blocks down the road. Marcee sighs, pulling up her oversized hood before shuffling out from the floor level of the apartment complex and into the urban tundra.


George Weymouth: Dear Frolic, You Are Missed

June 06, 2016

George WeymouthOn April 24th, Operation Warm board member George “Frolic” Weymouth passed away at the age of 79.

Frolic was not just a partner and colleague to the staff here at Operation Warm, but a friend and a mentor. He was kind, patient and always willing to help out the team in any way he could.

Those who met Frolic found him to be interested and engaged in the well-being of those around him. He would often remind members of the team of their importance to the organization, and always kept a positive and motivational attitude towards his work as well as the work of others.


Poverty: A Child’s Fault

May 11, 2016

“I provide for my kids. Why can’t they?”
“You keep having babies and I have to pay for them.”
“Just get a job!”



How to Hold a Successful Yard Sale for a Cause

April 25, 2016

Spring has sprung, and there is no better way to start fresh than by cleaning out your home. Around this time of year, one of the most popular methods of getting rid of unused or forgotten items is by way of a yard or garage sale. 

This year, why not give yourself a little extra motivation to clear out the clutter from your home? Holding a yard sale for charity is a great way to get rid of unused items, but can also be extremely helpful for those in need.



Confronting Suburban Poverty

April 18, 2016

stop sign at dusk

Childhood Poverty is growing in suburban areas. Unfortunately, resources necessary to provide for these children are lagging. Learn about the challenges a child faces, when she lives both in the suburbs and in poverty.  By guest author, Natalie Holmes. 


This Man Hates It When You Spring Clean

April 06, 2016

box of clutter

Can someone cause more harm than good when donating used items to the poor? Guest contributor Brandon Smith offers his own experience of being on the receiving end of spring clean outs. This interesting article may have you rethink the way you give.


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