About Us

Our History

While driving on the streets of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Dick Sanford encountered a sight that eventually spurred the formation of Operation Warm: a group of children – coatless – huddled at a bus stop on a cold December morning in 1998. The sight led Dick to drive to a local department store and purchase every coat in stock. With the help of his local rotary club, those 58 coats were given directly to kids in need.

This gesture of kindness inspired the creation of Operation Warm. The first 58 coats were purchased by one man, but the millions of coats since then have been a result of communities united, working together to improve the livelihood of children living in poverty.

Our Mission

Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence and hope to children in need across North America through the gift of brand new coats.

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How do we accomplish our mission?

We work with organizations around the country that help us provide coats to hundreds of thousands of children every year.

Our Brand New Coats

When a child gets to pick out their very own brand new coat, it not only keeps them warm throughout the year, it sets off a spark – it acts as #morethanacoat.

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Our Impact

Since 1998, Operation Warm has gifted nearly 3 MILLION brand new coats to children in need.

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News & Press

Fire Fighters in the News – January 30, 2020

This week on Fire fighters in the News… Story Credit: Chron- Jose R. Gonzales Keeping warm: Conroe firefighters outfit 300 students with coats  Gregory Nesom of the the Conroe Professional Firefighters…

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Fire Fighters in the News – December 16, 2019

This week on Fire fighters in the News… Story Credit: Missoulian – Matt Neuman rural firefighters help to keep kids warm  Missoula Rural Fire Department firefighters stopped by the Head…

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Transparency and Financials

Open Up Our Books

We believe in full transparency and that our supporters, program managers and the general public have the right view our financials and filings.

95% Program Efficiency

Operation Warm is a leader in the nonprofit space in efficiency. This past year, 95 cents of every dollar raised went to our programs.

Highly Rated Nonprofit

We have a 5 star rating on GreatNonprofits and have been recognized by GuideStar as a Platinum participant, their highest honor.

Staff & Board of Directors

Our small but passionate team works year-round to ensure children in need receive brand new coats.

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