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
Win $50,000 for Operation Warm and Brand New Coats for Kids
AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT We recently created and submitted a video to the 2018 NCAM Challenge in celebration of National Child Awareness Month. The top ten most watched videos have the…Read More
Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley returns to Tacoma for giveaway
Source: The News Tribune Author: Lauren Smith September 9, 2018 Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley came back to his hometown of Tacoma, WA to gift 250 Operation Warm coats and backpacks…Read More
Transparency and Financials
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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.