Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Operation Warm. Click on a question to find the answer. Don’t see your question listed here? Reach out to us by email or on social media.


  • What is the Difference Between Operation Warm and a Coat Drive?

    Operation Warm’s mission is to provide only brand new coats to children in need. Instead of collecting used coats as in a coat drive, we can turn monetary donations from donors into warm, brand new coats for kids.

    Since 1998, we have seen our coats inspire feelings of pride, excitement and joy. Operation Warm coats help raise the self-esteem and peer acceptance of children struggling in poverty. Every child deserves the right to feel confident and valued, no matter their economic background.

  • Why is a Brand New Operation Warm Coat “More Than a Coat?”

    A brand new Operation Warm coat provides not just physical warmth, but so much more. Without a warm coat, many children in need miss school, which also means they miss the education they need as well as a free or reduced breakfast and lunch that fuels their bodies. In addition, having a beautiful brand new coat builds self-esteem and peer acceptance, giving children the confidence they need to succeed.

  • Why Do You Manufacture Your Own Coats?

    Controlling the manufacturing means we can provide high quality coats for a low cost. Each coat is carefully designed, sized and styled for American children. You can learn more about Operation Warm coats here: Our Coats and here: What Makes an Operation Warm Coat So Special.

  • What Ages, Grades and Sizes Do You Serve?

    Our mission is focused on serving children in need between the ages of three and thirteen, which usually covers preschool through eighth grade. Because children come in a wonderful variety of sizes, so do our coats! We offer boys coats and girls coats in sizes from 2T up to Adults XXL.

  • What Color Are Your Coats?

    Each year, dozens of different coat color combinations are carefully chosen. Our goal is to provide beautiful, colorful, stylish coats that are as bright as the smiles they produce.

  • Is There Really That Much Need?

    Sadly, there is more need than we can meet at this time. More than 15 million children live in poverty in the US. Nationally, nearly one in five children will be homeless at some point in their lives. For children under five years old, that number is one in four.

  • How Do You Choose Who Gets Coats?

    Operation Warm works with community partners to identify children in need. Not only does this make things more efficient, it ensures that coats go to the kids that need them the most. Typically, the children who receive Operation Warm coats attend a Title 1 school, a school where 40% or more of their students’ families are at or below 150% of the federally prescribed poverty level. Children may also be identified by living in a shelter, or through a human service agency or other direct-service organization.

    If you have identified a group of children in need, we can help you create your own fundraiser to gather donations that will be used directly for those children. To learn more, click to our Community Managed Coat Program page or call 610-388-2500.

  • Is My Donation Tax Deductible?

    Absolutely! All donations to Operation Warm are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations through our website automatically generate a receipt that can be used as proof of your donation. The Federal Tax ID number for Operation Warm is 38-3663310.

  • What is the Snow Angel Program?

    Many donors prefer the easy method of an automatic reoccurring donation to support children in need all year long. Operation Warm has responded by creating the Snow Angel program. Click to learn more: Snow Angels.

  • Do You Only Take Donations of Money?

    We are always grateful for donations of products and services that can spread the word and further our mission to warm children, while keeping costs down. Learn more here.

  • What is Firefighters for Operation Warm?

    Firefighters allow Operation Warm to expand our mission and connect more kids with brand new winter coats. Our partnership with firefighters across the country means that many of our coats are made right here in America, where they are then given to children in the communities where firefighters serve.

    Coats delivered through our Firefighter partners are 100% sourced and manufactured in America, and support hundreds of jobs across the country. All of your hard-earned donations stay local and help children in the communities you protect. Are you a firefighter? Click here to join our movement.

  • What Is Your USA-Made Coat Program?

    Our USA Made Coat program features coats that are 100% sourced and manufactured in America, supporting hundreds of jobs across the country. When you start your own Community Managed Coat Program, you will have the option to choose to give only USA Made coats.

  • Can I Buy Coats for My Own Family?

    Operation Warm works with organizations, churches and schools to give coats to kids in need all across the country. Unfortunately, we can’t ship coats individually to families in need. Check within your local community to see if there is a coat giving event planned in your area. If you want to help 30 or more children in your area, learn more about starting a Community Managed Coat Program.

  • How Can I Volunteer to Get Coats to Kids

    Starting a Community Managed Coat Program with a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, school or faith-based group, is the best way to volunteer and get coats to the children in your local area. Depending on your location, you may also be able to participate as a volunteer with an upcoming coat distribution event. Please contact us at with your location and offer to volunteer.

  • How Long has Operation Warm Been a Notable Charity?

    Operation Warm became incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2002. We currently distribute coats throughout North America, delivering hundreds of thousands of coats annually. In 2016, Operation Warm reached their 2 millionth coat milestone.

    View our IRS Determination Letter
    View our 2015-16 990 Form