We would like to take the time to introduce you to some of the beautiful faces of the children we meet through Operation Warm. You may have seen some of them on our Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest Pages. Each one is so precious. The smiles on their faces say it all, inspiring us in our mission to bring brand new winter coats to kids.
A brand new winter coat means so much to these children. They get a chance to own something made just for them, and these coats are often the first new piece of clothing they have ever been given. For children in poverty, something as simple as a warm coat can enhance their well-being, build self-esteem, and generate a feeling of worth.
Once you get involved with Operation Warm, the smiles on the children’s faces will never leave you. You are giving them a wonderful gift, and in return, you get one back.
Operation Warm is approaching an incredible milestone. Thanks to our donor and supporters, we will soon be able to provide our 2 millionth coat. While we are thrilled by this, we also know that there is still so much need. Approximately 16 million children are in poverty in the United States. Without warm winter coats, many of them cannot regularly attend school, stay healthy or just get some healthy outdoor playtime.
Fortunately for the children you see here, they were some of the lucky ones. They got to pick out a brand new Operation Warm winter coat in a size and style that fits them perfectly. To a child who doesn’t know what it feels like to be warm in the winter, that opportunity means everything. To quote one happy child, “My coat feels comfy like a comfy cushion, and it feels warm.”
The children aren’t the only ones who have smiling faces. Sometimes the smiles have some competition from the ones on the faces of their parents. The gift of a brand new winter coat extends to a child’s mom, dad, aunt, uncle or grandparent. At once, a parent or caregiver reflects the joy in their child’s eyes, while at the same time, telling us what a relief it is to know they have one less worry to dwell upon.
So on behalf of Ximena, Anthony, Cameron, Gissell, Brayan, Lodyn, Sarah and so many others, thank you for supporting Operation Warm, and enjoy these beautiful faces.
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