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National Capital Area Challenge

Operation Warm teams with the nonprofit Coats For Kids Foundation to reach children in the Nation’s Capital area. There are over 100,000 people living in poverty in the District of Columbia alone, enough to fill RFK stadium twice. Of those, one third are children.

Please help us reach children in need in Fairfax County, Alexandria City, and Arlington County, VA, in Washington D.C,  and in Prince George’s County, MD. Facing at least five months of cold weather, or on average 71 days of temperatures below freezing, children in the greater Washington, DC area can benefit greatly from a warm coat. We believe that by providing a child with a new winter coat, we are also demonstrating to that child that she/he is important and of value. 

We greatly value our community partners that support our expanding programs to serve local children. Thanks to the following organizations, children continue to receive the gift of a new winter coat

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, served over 2,000 children.

Fairfax County Public Schools and Homeless Office provided coats to nearly 1,000 children in need.

NEW in 2011, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS, Prince George County Public Schools and Homeless Program and students from the University of Maryland provided new coats to the homeless and most vulnerable children in PG County.

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department provided 2,000 coats to children in need.

NEW in 2011 Alexandria City Sheriff's Office, serving families of inmates.

Thank you to our supporters that have already donated and helped us launch this CHALLENGE! Operation Warm has received support from the Philip L. Graham Fund, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Coats For Kids Foundation Combined Federal Campaign CFC#52316 and local service organizations and individuals. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Please help us meet our local Challenge! Click here to donate now and feel free to specify the program you would like to support by noting it in the "Comments / Notes" section. Thank you for your generosity.

Please consider supporting our work with a recurring gift.
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.