Coats for Kids Cleveland & Operation Warm
In 2012 Operation Warm began its partnership with a large coat drive in Ohio: Coat for Kids – Cleveland. Their mission began in 1981 when it came to the attention of a local radio station that many economically disadvantaged students nationwide – and an alarming number in their own communities – stopped going to school in the winter due to inadequate clothing for the bitter cold. For reference to those not local, an average northeastern Ohio winter sees 122 days of below freezing temperatures and it’s not uncommon for wind chills to plunge those already low digits into the negatives.
To compound the issue in the Cleveland area, a shocking 52% of its citizens are living below the poverty level. When the members of WTAM 1100 realized what was happening, they took up a call to action and began broadcasting for new and like-new coat donations. That November in 1981 their radio station was overflowing with coats, and they were able to share their success with the students of local schools in critical need.
Now celebrating their 34th year serving the children of Ohio, Coats for Kids – Cleveland is doing more and more every year and remains driven by community involvement.
November marks the beginning of their annual coat drive with collection bins available at area malls, businesses and organizations through early January. Local volunteers then sort the infant to adult sized coats, ensure they are clean and intact, and ready them for distribution.
Operation Warm is proud to work with CFK Cleveland as they provide thousands of both imported and Made in the U.S.A. coats annually. However, the need to keep our children warm and in school during the winter is still great. Coat and monetary donations are always needed, and without your ongoing support, Coats for Kids would not exist.
For Ohio locals, you can click here to learn more and help CFK Cleveland reach their 2015 collection goals of $125,000 and 25,000 new or like-new winter coats!
For everyone else, learn how partner with Operation Warm through their Community Coat Program.