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An Idea We Love- “Beards for Coats”

January 09, 2014

One of the best ways to keep the Operation Warm team smiling is to send us news of your most creative fundraising ideas.  Our latest “best idea of the day” comes from Walla Walla, Washington.  Here’s what’s happening there! 

Hello Operation Warm,

We just wanted to let you know we are having a beard growing contest where our students will vote with a quarter in a jar with some of our teacher’s pictures on them. Once we are finished all proceeds will go to Operation Warm. The contest ends on Valentine’s Day. Funds will be distributed through our ASB. One of our local vendors is donating a shave kit for the winner.

I have never done a fundraiser like this so I have no idea how successful it will be.  My thinking was to cash in on all the "no-shave Novembers" and duck dynasty beards going on out there, and I thought the guys were keeping their faces warm while helping keep kids warm.  I have attached a couple of the flyers FYI.  We wanted you to have a heads’ up!

Thanks,
Britt Adkins
Registrar, Pioneer Middle School

Thanks for sharing Mr. Adkins.  We'd love to hear of other creative fundraising idea; send them along.
 

Employee Giving Brings Warmth to Children Living in Need

January 13, 2014

National Oilwell Varco and its employees have just wrapped up their second annual campaign in support of Operation Warm.  Thanks to the generosity of their employees, more than 300 children will receive the gift of warmth in the communities where NOV employees work and live.

National Oilwell Varco is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil & gas drilling and production, the provision of oilfield inspection and other services, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry.  Their enthusiasm in support of our mission has been overwhelmingly positive!

Here are some of the comments made by NOV employees on their customized donation page:

  • “It is difficult not to give knowing that there are children in our country that need the warmth of a coat when it gets cold.” – Kamal B.
  • “We all need to give more to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.” - James K.
  • “No child deserves to be cold and whatever we can give to help is well worth it and I wish I could be there to see the smiles on their faces when they are handed their new coat.” - Michael V.
  • “(To give to Operation Warm) gives me a good feeling inside...”- Scotty B.
  • “It is important to take care of our children and providing a coat to a child that may otherwise not have one is a wonderful, heartwarming act of kindness.” – David M.

…With gratitude to all of our friends at National Oilwell Varco for bringing warmth and happiness to children in need!  If your company would like to organize an Employee Giving Campaign. contact us at info@operationwarm.org.

Here’s a Great way to Give a Kid a Coat!

November 21, 2013

On November 22, the Lancaster County Community Foundation holds its Extra Ordinary Giving Day.  All donations over $25 will be stretched with a $300,000 Giving Fund. Operation warm is proud to be participating. Chek out ths video to learn more.

To give a kid a coat through this great program, donate by clicking here between 12:01am and midnight on November 22!

Rise and Shine, Little Child - A Children’s Book for Operation Warm

October 22, 2013

We are honored (and excited) to announce that the very talented Leigh Ann Hrutkay has written a children's book inspired by -and beneifiting Operation Warm! Rise and Shine, Little Child is not just a fun and educational book, it is for a great cause -A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her newest book will go towards brand new winter coats for children in need. Thanks to Leigh's dedication and support, as well as that of Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC, we will help reach more children than ever. Here's what Tate Publishing has to say about Rise and Shine, Little Child:

"Rise and shine, Little Child, let's go!
It's a brand new day, and it's about to snow."

Rise and Shine! Come along with Little Child to experience the possibilities of a brand new day, the wonder and magic in a snow-filled sky, the adventure of winter-time play, and the warmth, love and care that every child desires. Share it with your very own Little Child today!

A portion of proceeds from "Rise and Shine, Little Child" will be donated to Operation Warm, a charity that provides brand new winter coats to children in need throughout the U.S.


At only $8.99, this affordable children's book will make the perfect holiday gift for the little ones in your life. For more information and to purchase a copy, please head over to the Tate Publishing website. Get your copy of Rise and Shine, Little Child today!

No Excuses University Supports Operation Warm

October 11, 2013

Guest Blog Post

Operation Warm is the No Excuses University Charity of the Year for 2013-2014
By: Frank Nardelli, VP of Network Development, No Excuses University

The No Excuses University Network of Schools has selected Operation Warm as their 2013-2014 Charity of the Year. Our growing national network of over 180 PreK-12 schools has united over 113, 000 students and over 6,000 educators from 21 states. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college if they so choose to attend. We believe ALL children, even those who live in poverty or who are learning English, can be academically successful and attend college. Most importantly, we continue to prove that Public PreK-12 Schools have the power to make that dream a reality. It is our responsibility to prepare our students for a happy and successful future. An essential part of that effort is focused on the character development of every child and adult that works in a No Excuses University School.

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“Warm Hearts” Teacher Appreciation Contest

September 03, 2013

Between September 5th and October 1st of 2013, nominate your "warm hearted" teacher in Operation Warm's teacher appreciation contest! The winning teacher will receive 36 NEW coats for the class of their choosing,  bringing the gift of warmth to children in need in your own school. Entries should include a short paragraph (500 characters or less) explaining why your teacher is warm hearted.  Each person can enter once, but a teacher or school may be nominated multiple times. Remember that for every one of your Facebook friends who enters, you will receive 5 bonus points, increasing your chances of winning! Click here to go to the contest page!

To learn more about how you can bring the gift of warmth to a child in need, visit our donation page. Tell your friends!

American Businesses Helping to Give the Gift of Warmth

August 07, 2013

Operation Warm is so grateful to all the great American businesses that help support our mission.  For the coming fall & winter season, we have many returning corporate partners and several new ones.  Just this week, we received support from BJ’S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and TJX Corporation to support our mission to bring happiness and warmth to children with the gift of new winter coats.  They are joined by International Delight coffee creamer, Groupon Grassroots, PepsiCo and many more fine companies who believe like we do that a new winter coat inspires hope and empowers communities by enabling children to attend school regularly and have strong self-esteem. Click the CONTINUE READING link to review the many companies who support our work.

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Getting Ready for Australia!

July 30, 2013

This summer, Nik Runs the World is cranking up the heat as Nikolas runs his third marathon to raise funds for Operation Warm! At just 10 years old, Nikolas plans to be the youngest boy to run marathons on all 7 continents. On August 4th he will be running a marathon in Brisbane, Australia with the goal of raising $1 per mile for his 19,000 mile journey.


All of us at Operation Warm are eagerly rooting for Nik! He is a real hero to kids all across the US who struggle with the hardships of poverty. To see what Nik has been up to and follow the race, you can visit his Facebook page (facebook.com/nikrtw) or www.nikrunstheworld.com.


Please donate today to help Nik chase his dream and to help ensure that impoverished children across the USA receive the gift of warmth this winter! Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest difference.

School Sends “Collective Valentine” to Kids in Need

March 15, 2013

We love hearing from schools who have adopted Operation Warm as a fundraising project.  In February, we received a check for over $900 from the Student Council of Sarah Gibbons Middle School in Westborough, Massachusetts, which they raised in only two weeks!  The students took a vote to choose a charity for their winter fundraiser, and Operation Warm resonated with them the most, especially with their cold New England winters.  They promoted their campaign through insightful morning announcements, with facts about that day's weather and how long it would take to get frostbite without a coat!  They also made it a Valentine’s Day tie-in, and showed everyone the totals each day with a meter in the lobby.  Teacher and Council Advisor Heather Patrick encouraged a fun competition amongst homerooms, by matching every dollar brought in by her homeroom students.   The students tell us they were very happy to help out, and feel satisfied and proud of their results.  We are thrilled and thankful for their outstanding effort.  Thank you Gibbons Middle School for your generosity, and keeping children warm this winter!

Workplace Campaigns are Fun, Easy, and Warm-Hearted

March 11, 2013

Corporations and small businesses are some of Operation Warm’s biggest supporters. This past holiday season, companies large and small helped put new winter coats on children in need with workplace fundraising campaigns. In doing so, these compassionate people embraced the true spirit of giving while helping Operation Warm expand our reach!  Learn about a few stories of offices that came together to give back:

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