Carpentersville Morning Rotary Continues working with Operation Warm
Written by – James Olvera
With the skies gray and gloomy with blustery rain and winds at 20 MPH and temperatures dipping into the mid 30’s the weather conditions were ideal for the need of a warm winter coat. The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning was able to fulfill that need for close to 350 children in the Carpentersville District 300 school district Wednesday November 9th, 2011.
For the 3rd consecutive year The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning conducted their Operation Warm program which to this date has bought close to 600 brand new winter coats to local needy children in the Carpentersville Community. The Carpentersville Rotary Club works with the Operation Warm Organization to help provide the brand new winter coats, which are made out of 100% recycled material, and utilizes the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township to determine the need from the youth in their programs.
Through various fund-raising activities and gracious donations the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning was able to raise around $6,000 to purchase the 350 coats to distribute for this year’s Operation Warm Program. Originally started in 2009 as the clubs flagship program, the Operation Warm program has quickly grown from 1 school with 80 coats to 5 schools and close to 350 coats in a 3 year period.
Children who received coats have participated in a year long program, put in place by the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township, dedicated to community service. These children then presented their community service essays, posters and accomplishments to the Carpentersville Rotary when they received their coats and made the night all that more fulfilling. The many Thank You’s, Hugs, High Five’s, and Bright Smiles were more than enough to show the amount of appreciation from both the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning and the many little children.
The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning Plans to continue this program in the future and is very grateful for all the community support, volunteers, and help from the Boys and Girls Club.