Operation Warm’s mission is to provide brand new winter coats to children in need. The gift of a new winter coat inspires hope and empowers children to attend school regularly and have strong self-esteem.
Operation Warm was founded in 1998 when our founder, Dick Sanford, saw the need in his community for warm coats for at-risk children. What began as a gesture motivated by sadness and concern grew into a passion and our mission.
We were founded on the conviction that children born in poverty have less than a fair chance to thrive. We applaud organizations which supply “gently worn” garments. However, we believe giving a child in need a new winter coat has an immeasurable effect on their families:
- Pride in ownership
- A tangible boost in self-esteem and peer acceptance
- Improved school attendance
- Likelihood of two nutritious meals at school through the Free or Reduced Lunch Program
- Ability to play and socialize outside
- Relief related to stretching limited funds for clothing, food, heat, or housing
Operation Warm has grown from one man into a nationwide program that reaches 49 states, parts of Canada, and has touched the lives of 2 million children.
In these tough economic times words cannot express the impact that Operation Warm had on the families of our programs. Seeing the appreciation on the faces of parents and children shows the need for these services. We are glad to have been a part of this wonderful experience and hope that with Operation Warm we are able to keep our families warm for years to come.
~ Marcelo Juica
Latino After-School Initiative's