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.
News & Press
Operation Warm and Wawa: Helping Children in the Delaware Valley
Today, Operation Warm was featured alongside Wawa on NBC10 of Philadelphia. We’re celebrating our partnership of the 12,000+ children that have been given a new coat thanks to their organization and…Read More
Operation Warm Awarded Generous Grant from the EQT Foundation
Thanks to a generous grant from the EQT Foundation, Operation Warm was able to provide brand new coats to 1,250 children from several counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania this winter. Children…Read More
Financials, Filings and Ratings
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96% Program Efficiency
Operation Warm is a leader in the nonprofit space in efficiency. This past year, 96 cents on every dollar raised went to our coat program.
Highly Rated Nonprofit
We have a 5 star rating on GreatNonprofits and have been recognized by GuideStar as a Platinum participant, their highest honor.