2,500 New Winter Coats for Children Distributed in Delaware

DOVER, DE – On Friday, January 18th, the Delaware chapter of HOSA, Health Occupations of Students of America, will join forces again with Operation Warm to help distribute 2,500 coats to children in need in Kent and Sussex Counties. HOSA members from Polytech High School will help organize and distribute boxes at the Delaware Department of Education’s Collette Education Resource Center. Staff from Twenty-eight elementary schools will pick up brand new winter coats from Operation Warm at the event to distribute to children in need across Sussex and Kent Counties.

HOSA is a national student organization that provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, collegiate and adult students enrolled in health science education. The Delaware high school chapter of HOSA started in 2011 and has been working with Operation Warm almost since its inception in Delaware. “We wanted to engage our students and leaders with opportunities for service, and Operation Warm was a great fit,” said the Delaware State Advisor for HOSA, Peggy Enslen.

Operation Warm serves children in need across the United States. In 2012-2013, Operation Warm will serve approximately 200,000 children living in poverty. Nationally, 16.4 million children live in poverty in the United States. In Delaware, 37,000 children live in poverty.

“This is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children” stated, Paul Daigle, Director of Development Initiatives at Operation Warm. “A new coat allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities, such as food and shelter. The unfortunate reality is that these schools requested even more coats than we hand funding to provide.”

Children are so happy when they get a new winter coat, sometimes they cry.

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