The Need and Our Impact
16 Million Children Live in Need Across North America
It’s hard to imagine that on the richest continent on earth, 16 million children live in poverty. For families struggling to make ends meet, necessities like food, housing, healthcare and utilities take priority. Often there is simply not enough left over for warm winter clothing.
Operation Warm’s Mission Pillars
Providing WARMTH, CONFIDENCE and HOPE through the gift of brand new coats
From the cozy fleece lining to the detachable hood and deep pockets, Operation Warm coats are designed for quality, comfort and warmth.
Operation Warm coats are created in the latest styles and colors. When a child chooses a coat they love, given by someone in their community who cares about them, it boosts their self-confidence.
Brand new coats spark self-confidence in a way that second-hand clothing cannot. Operation Warm coats help students attend school regularly, socialize with their peers and play outside with pride.
Families in poverty struggle to provide basic needs like food, housing, healthcare and utilities. Our brand new coats remind families that their community cares about their well-being and their future.
Operation Warm Outcome Pillars
A brand new coat provides the opportunity to get to school and gain an education regardless of the weather conditions.
Impacting the Cycle of Poverty
“40% of American households lack a basic level of savings. The ‘liquid asset poor’ households don’t have enough savings to make ends meet at the poverty level for three months if their income was interrupted.” 6
Impacting the Cycle of Poverty
School districts across North America are expressing an urgent need to increase support for both academic and non-academic services for newcomers.
Health & Wellness
“Children who live in households that are food insecure… are likely to be sick more often, recover from illness more slowly, and be hospitalized more frequently. Lack of adequate healthy food can impair a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school and is linked to higher levels of behavioral and emotional problems.”7
Volunteering at an Operation Warm Coat Giving Celebration is a one-of-a-kind, heartwarming experience. Volunteers meet with children to help them pick out brand new coats that not only fit, but come in the latest styles and colors.
20 Years of Service
3 Million Coats Gifted
95% Program Efficiency
405,000 Coats Gifted
1,300+ Communities Served
National Reach, Local Impact
Operation Warm and Our Partners Served 1,300+ Communities Last Year
Operation Warm 2019 Impact Report Citations
- Hellmich, N. (2013, May 01). Coat of feeding a family of four: $146 to $289 a week. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/01/grocery-coats-for-family/2104165
- US Census Bureau. (2019, January 24). Poverty Thresholds. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/historical-poverty-thresholds.html
- Layne, R. (2018, July 06). U.S. housing rents hit record-high average of $1,405 per month. Retrieved from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-urban-rents-hit-all-time-high-at-average-1405-report/
- Watch, & By. (n.d.). Facts About Child Poverty in the U.S.A.: Children International: US Poverty Facts. Retrieved from https://www.children.org/global-poverty/global-poverty-facts/facts-about-poverty-in-usa
- Winter Temperature Averages for Every State. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-state-temperatures-in-winter.php