Operation Warm Blog
July 06, 2016
We 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.
June 30, 2016
What 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.
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.
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.
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.
June 06, 2016
On 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.
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!”
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.
April 18, 2016
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.
April 06, 2016
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.