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Coats for Kids Foundation and Operation Warm Unite to Bring More Warmth to Children in Need

Joining forces with our longtime partner Coats for Kids Foundation of Arlington VA will help Operation Warm reach even more children in need with the gift of warmth.

Coats for Kids FoundationCoats for Kids Foundation, established in Alexandria, VA in 2004, has been a long time distribution partner of Operation Warm, Inc.  Founded on similar principles, both organizations provide new winter coats to children in need.  Our shared vision, ensuring every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy and able to regularly attend school with strong self- esteem, made it a natural for  Coats For Kids Foundation and Operation Warm, Inc. to unite with the goal of serving children in need in the Greater Washington D.C Metro area and across the country.

After distributing more than 38,000 new winter coats over eight years, Coats for Kids Foundation founders Paul and Cheryl Darby retired at the end of 2011. They reached out to Operation Warm so the Darby legacy could continue. Their profound impact on children in the Washington D.C region has been remarkable.

Together in the winter of 2011-12, Coats for Kids Foundation and Operation Warm reached more than 6,500 children in the National Capital Area.  We continue operating as the Coats for Kids Foundation of Operation Warm and our long standing affiliations with the Combined Federal Campaign, the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, Local 2068 and the DC Metropolitan Police Department provides a solid and growing local base of support.  With Operation Warm’s support, we plan to build on these affiliations and expand them into other markets.  For example, in the fall & winter of 2011, we initiated an exciting cause marketing relationship with WhiteWave foods, helping us expand our footprint across the country.  Plans are already in place to repeat this program in 2012.

Our commitment to high quality winter coats and impeccable customer service will not be sacrificed as we continue to work with our partners across the country.  Better yet, we are thrilled about the potential growth opportunities that will result from the union between Coats For Kids Foundation and Operation Warm.

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It’s an easy way to support children in need and their families.
$40 per month sponsors new coats for an entire classroom.
$10 per month sponsors new coats for six children each year.