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Two Thumbs Up for Groupon

September 15, 2014

We are so fortunate to have many corporate sponsors supporting our mission.  Currently, Groupon Coupons and Groupon Grassroots are running campaigns supporting our work to bring the joy and warmth of a new winter coat to children in need.

Today, Groupon will make a donation to our effort for each coupon redeemed with an online purchase via Groupon Coupons.  There are many valuable savings opportunities, so check it out.

And for the next ten days, Groupon Grassroots is featuring Operation Warm, inviting Groupon users to make a $10 donation which will be matched by a Rotary Club so that a child in need will receive a new Operation Warm winter coat.  Donors can select which state they want to have their coat directed when they register their donation voucher.
We send “Two Thumbs Up” to our friends at Groupon and all of their customers who support us in our work to make a difference in so many young lives.  Thank you!

Operation Warm & UNICEF Bringing Warmth to Syrian Refugee Children

July 17, 2014

The ongoing civil war in Syria has devastated the lives of its children. It’s almost unfathomable, the number of Syrian refugee children whose lives have been placed in peril.

5.5 MILLION CHILDREN

It’s a big number. Each one of these children deserves an opportunity for HOPE. Every life is precious.  Every life counts.  We must never make the mistake of presuming that with a problem so vast, there’s nothing we can do to help or that our contribution would be futile. There is a way you can help.

In most pictures depicting this horrific crisis we see the blazing hot sun and sand.  Many don’t realize that winter in Syria is freezing cold and windy, with temperatures dropping as low as minus six and great accumulations of snow. Without aid provided by UNICEF's winter clothing kits, many children would literally freeze to death.

Syrian refugee boy in winterOperation Warm and UNICEF are working together, and on a very short timeline, to raise the money required to ship warm winter coats to Syrian refugee camps where children struggle to survive.  We are asking for your support in providing warm winter coats in time for this winter.  To read more about the crisis, please click here.

To donate (and we hope you will), please click here. Your gift is very meaningful and will provide much needed relief from daily despair, illness, poverty, and loneliness. Thank you.

Cause Marketing is Good Marketing

June 23, 2014

A recent study by Cone Communications found that demand for brands to support causes is strong and growing.  One highlight of the study: 91% of global consumers are likely to switch brands to one associated with a good cause, given comparable price and quality.

I t comes a little surprise then that more companies are offering to help Operation Warm as we work to provide happiness and warmth to more children through the gift of brand new winter coats.   This includes our latest cause marketing partner, Half Moon Restaurant in Kennett Square, just a few miles from our office.

Our mission resonates with many and provides a compelling cause for your business to support:  empowering underprivileged children to attend school with pride on cold winter days thanks to a new Operation Warm winter coat.  Let us know if you’d like to work with us on your next cause marketing campaign.

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.
 

Giuliani Foundation Helps Keep Connecticut Children Warm

December 02, 2013

Operation Warm sends our thanks to the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts for their support this past year.  Thanks to their generous contribution, Connecticut children received new winter coats that helped them feel warm, health, and valued.

Operation Warm is so happy to partner with the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts to serve impoverished children in the state of Connecticut. A coat distribution in December 2013 provided some terrific children a boost to their pride and self-esteem, and ensured they are poised to succeed. Given the unusually snowy and cold winter, the coats went to excellent use, preparing children for the freezing winter temperatures. Because of the Giuliani Foundation grant, children who were previously without warm coats were able to go sledding, build snowmen, and jump for joy when the snow led to early dismissal from school! Operation Warm's beneficiaries share stories of heightened self-esteem because children no longer have to wear a coat they’ve outgrown, or need to share with a sibling. We were able to serve over 3,200 children in Connecticut this year, and we thank the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation and all our Connecticut donors for their support!

About the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation:
The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts is an independent foundation that provides grants to organizations operating in the areas of religion, the arts, and education. The Foundation honors the legacy of Amalia and Nicola Giuliani and their sons, Vin, an artist, and John, an artist and priest, whose lives were dedicated to the celebration of human creativity and spirituality in service of human transformation and the building of the earth. Visit giulianifdn.org for more information.

About Operation Warm:
Operation Warm provides new winter coats to children in need across the United States. In 2013-2014 Operation Warm will serve approximately 200,000 children living in poverty. Nationally, 16.5 million children live in poverty in the United States. In Connecticut, there are a recorded 102,662 children living in poverty.

To learn more about The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation, visit giulianifdn.org.
To make a contribution to Operation Warm and help provide new winter coats to children in need, CLICK HERE

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!