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How to Hold a Successful Yard Sale for a Cause

April 25, 2016

Spring has sprung, and there is no better time to make a fresh start. One way to do this is to free up space in your home and your life with a yard sale or a garage sale. You can get rid of the clutter that may be weighing you down.

This year, why not give yourself a little extra motivation to let go of those things that don’t add to your life. You can hold a yard sale for charity, using the proceeds of your sale to make a real difference in the lives of others in need.



Confronting Suburban Poverty

April 18, 2016

stop sign at dusk

Childhood Poverty is growing in suburban areas. Unfortunately, resources 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.


3 Myths about the Poor That Make Fools of Us

April 01, 2016

Poor Family

These misconceptions are no joke. Don’t be fooled by what the common media is saying about children in poverty.


One Profits Most Who Serves Best

March 28, 2016

Rotary LogoService above Self is the primary motto of Rotarians, the community and business leaders of Rotary International who develop friendships as an opportunity for service. It is this idea, this passion for making a difference that has become a key part of Operation Warm.


3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Donate to Charity

March 24, 2016

Donate to charityIn the United States, approximately 2.2 percent of our gross national income is donated to charitable causes. It may be close to double the percentage given by other wealthy nations. Yet, we are still a nation with a huge percentage of people living in poverty.

Some say that we shouldn’t be donating to charity at all and for the following three reasons. Do you agree?


When Called to Do Good There is Only One Way to Respond

March 21, 2016

The Chapel give coats to kidsWhen you’ve been tasked with bringing a gift of warmth to children in need, it is hard to say no. Denise Rasbid heard such a call, and along with a team of church leaders and volunteers, they started a successful coat program that continues to grow each year. This is their story.

“I first heard about Operation Warm from K-Love,” Rasbid, says. “It was the featured charity at the time.” Just listening to the announcement about how K-Love listeners could help kids in need grabbed at Rasbid’s spirit. She immediately saw how perfectly the mission of Operation Warm would fit in with another ministry her church was already doing. As the Domestic Outreach Leader for The Chapel Lake Zurich, Rasbid is part of the ministry team that runs a successful mobile food pantry as an outreach to her local community, located in the northern suburbs of Chicago.      


A Pink Ski Coat Sparks a Cape Cod Donor Managed Coat Program

March 14, 2016

It started out the way any good thing does, through a mixture of serendipity, luck and a kind heart or two. A brand new pink ski coat sparked an ongoing act of care and community that will hopefully continue for generations.

Cape Cod Donor Managed Program Thank you


Unmet Basic Needs in Urban Cities: Rotary Clubs to the Rescue

March 07, 2016

Kids in Operation Warm CoatsMany urban cities are struggling with finding the necessary resources to help its struggling poor with basic needs. A Rotary Club can be the collaborative leader in helping to support those efforts. Deb Hannon Silcox of the Rotary Club of Baltimore shared a little bit about the need in her city and what her fellow Rotarians are doing to support children and families.


7 Rules for Talking to Homeless People

February 29, 2016

7 rules for talking to homeless peopleWhen it comes down to it, is it better to ignore a homeless family, even when you want to help? What if there are children involved?

Mariellen Boyle, an Operation Warm staff member and advocate for families in need, shares her thoughts on what we should say when we meet a homeless family. 


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