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Operation Warm thrives only through individuals like YOU who want to make a direct impact on children living in poverty. Whether you’re an individual or part of an organization, you can join in our mission of providing hope, happiness and warmth.

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How It Works in 5 Easy Steps

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1. Select the Children

Nearly 20% of U.S. children live in poverty. You know there are children in your community that need help, you just need to know where to look. Using the Free/Reduced Lunch Program as a guide, identify children who are in need of warm clothing. Viable options include: elementary schools, shelters, anti-poverty programs, Boys & Girls clubs, etc.  ** is a great tool to help identify the need in your community.

2. Set Your Goal

After you’ve identified how many children you want to help, set a fundraising goal based on how many coats you’ll need (average price is $20/coat, minimum order of 30 coats). Operation Warm coats are shipped to you for FREE and in a wide variety of colors so kids can choose their favorite!

3. Fundraise for Coats

Next step is raise awareness, promote your coat program and fundraise to meet your coat goal.

Don’t sweat it! We’ll provide you with your own fundraising web page and plenty of resources to help you reach your goal in no time.

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4. Order Coats

After fundraising is complete, work with your beneficiary school or organization to find out what coat sizes you’ll need for your children.

All coats are prepackaged and shipped in bulk by box. Each box contains 6 coats of the same size & gender, but in a variety of colors. Due to warehousing restrictions, we cannot open boxes to fulfill custom orders.

Fundraising Complete? Order Coats!

5. Give Out New Coats!

Coordinate Coat Giving Event – schedule the date/time of the coat giving event and secure space ahead of time such as a gym or cafeteria.

Plan for PR – See our Resources page for tips on how to inform the local press of your event and garner recognition.

Pass Out Coats – the best part! Gather your volunteers to experience first-hand the joy that comes with giving brand-new coats to children in need. There is no feeling quite like it!

“Before the Operation Warm event, it would be safe to say that 30 to 40 % of our students would wear sweatshirts or even blankets as coats, if they wore them at all. Now I see our students wear their Operation Warm coats to school daily.”
-Bryan King, Great Western Academy

Resources & FAQs

Everything you need to know to run an Operation Warm program and fundraise in your community.

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Start a Coat Program

Ready to give a gift of hope, happiness & warmth through a new winter coat?

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Order Coats

Have you finished fundraising? Complete your coat order request form.

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Specialty Partners

Are you firefighter, Rotarian, corporation or media outlet? Learn how you can get involved.


Since 2012, IAFF firefighter locals across the U.S. have helped provide coats to children in their communities.

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Rotary Clubs

Since Operation Warm's founding, Rotary clubs have been leading the charge in serving children in need with new Operation Warm coats.

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Corporate Partners

Corporations large and small partner with Operation Warm to engage employees, activate cause marketing campaigns and serve children.

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Media Partners

Are you a radio/TV station, social media influencer or PR firm? We need your help to spread our mission of hope, happiness & warmth.

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