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How Our Kids Are Paying It Forward

February 08, 2016

OperatioN Warm ChildIsn’t it wonderful how one act of kindness can start a sort of domino effect. Do something kind for another person and often they will do the same for others. It is no different for kids, whose innate child like logic, sense of justice and giving hearts make them especially good at taking in a kindness and giving it back.

We often don’t hear these stories, the ones where our kind acts are paid forward. Operation Warm staff, supporters and volunteers can see it in the the kindnesses that the kids offer each other on coat distribution days. One friend will often let another have the last coat in a favorite color, help a smaller child pick out a coat, or give a volunteer the biggest, warmest hug they have ever gotten in their life.

Recently, one of our supporters, The Colonial Oaks Foundation, sent us cards that were filled out by the kids. In addition to thanking Operation Warm donors, several of the cards mentioned how the gift inspired them to support someone else in their lives, through an act of kindness. As you read through the ways these kids paid it forward, keep in mind that most of these are children who often don't have their basic needs met, and yet, they are often the first ones to give away the little they have. 

Enjoy readding the following notes and comments from the kids. They will definitely make your day a little brighter. 

Jordan was so grateful for his brand new coat that he "gave a friend my favorite toy."



Four Dangerous Ways the Poor Try to Survive When It is Cold

February 01, 2016

Child Sleeping in Poverty

When it is cold at home, most of us will turn up the thermostat, perhaps will a little reluctance and grumbling, perhaps without a thought. We might throw an extra blanket on the kids’ beds and make sure they have warm socks or slippers. We might even put on a jacket. For the poor, getting warm at home can often mean something very different.


Not a Coat Drive: What Makes an Operation Warm Coat So Special?

January 25, 2016

OperatioN Warm Coats

We admit it. We think Operation Warm Coats are much better than the typical jacket a child might get at a coat drive. Yes, Operation Warm coats are special. Here is why. 



A Better World with Operation Warm

January 18, 2016

What if you could play games to put brand new winter coats on kids? Learn how one company made giving a gift of warmth to children even more fun.


Who Are Most Affected by Poverty in the U.S.? Our Children

January 14, 2016

Meet Katrina

It is 8:45 am, and already 11-year-old Katrina is late. Her school district cut her bus stop this year, so she is forced to walk an extra three blocks.  As the wind picks up, Katrina pulls her sweater closer to her body and steps a little faster. If she misses the bus, she will have to get through the morning without her school’s free breakfast.


Forget the Temperature Outside. It is What the Weather Feels Like That is Most Important

January 07, 2016

What does it mean when the weather service gives us one winter temperature but says it feels like another? Find out what factors make the cold feel even colder, and how wind chill can really affect your body.

Plus, you'll learn:

  • The most important information to look at in a winter weather report
  • How the cold affects children differently, as compared to adults.


What Is It Like at an Operation Warm Coat Distribution Event?

December 23, 2015

What is it like at a coat distribution event

When you have 2,000 brand new winter coats to distribute in less than three hours, things can get interesting. Follow our adventures at Operation Brotherly Love and learn why tall volunteers are an asset.


Guess What These Men Sacrificed to Provide Operation Warm Coats for Kids…

December 16, 2015

Duluth Bearded Men

What would you be willing to give up to make a child warm this winter? For five men, the sacrifice was something that was a big part of their identities. “This is who they are,” says Jon Otis, a firefighter with the local 101 and one of the co chairs of the Warm Duluth Beard Challenge, now in its second year.



Beautiful Faces

December 07, 2015

Operation Warm Kids

We would like to take the time to introduce you to some of the beautiful faces of the children we meet through Operation Warm. You may have seen some of them on our Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest Pages. Each one is so precious. The smiles on their faces say it all, inspiring us in our mission to bring brand new winter coats to kids.


Hollister + Operation Warm

December 05, 2015

Hollister and Operation WarmHollister is treating customers to an extra special holiday promotion: Buy a coat, and Operation Warm will give a coat to a child in need, up to 8,000 coats.

The generous promotion applies to Hollister coats purchased in the US, both online and in stores, between Dec 1st and Dec 13th -- some of the busiest shopping times of the year.

Hollister is also making it possible to support Operation Warm on twitter. Throughout the campaign if you retweet @HollisterCo. using #HCoXOperationWarm a new Operation Warm coat will be donated, up to 2,000 coats.

We are blown away by the generosity of our new friends at Hollister. Not only will their campaign provide 10,000 Operation Warm coats for children in need but they are generating an enormous amount of exposure and awareness for our mission.

By enormous, we mean GIGANTIC. International pop star, Cody Simpson, is helping to raise awareness and encourage participation in the campaign. Cody and his band Coast House, will be performing at Hollister’s Holiday Carnival, which will feature a silent auction benefiting Operation Warm.

We certainly feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings and think Hollister’s customers will too!


Tweet with Hollister




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