Colonial Oaks Foundation Partners to Provide Warmth and Happiness to Children in Need
Operation Warm & Colonial Oaks Foundation Partner to Provide Warmth and Happiness to Children in Need in Central Pennsylvania
Wyommising, PA – The Colonial Oaks Foundation and Operation Warm are partnering for the 8th year to ensure at-risk children in Central Pennsylvania are warm this winter. Teaming up again, this collaboration has provided close to 9,000 brand new winter coats to children served by many organizations including Saint Margaret and Saint Peter’s Schools, Cabrini Academy, and the Olivet Boys and Girls Clubs of Reading and Berks counties.
An important component of this wonderful tradition includes Operation Warm’s “Pay it Forward” program whereby the children receiving the coats are asked to engage in an act of kindness to “Pay it Forward.” Children are encouraged to help carry in groceries, offer their seat to an elder, make a sibling’s bed, or offer to do something kind for a stranger. These random acts of kindness are then documented by the children and sent to Operation Warm to further promote Operation Warm’s mission – to provide new winter coats for children in need.
Originally launched to address a local problem with underserved children in a Philadelphia suburb, Operation Warm has grown nationally to address the serious need throughout the U.S. for a basic essential; a warm winter coat. Since its inception in 1998, OW has distributed approximately 1.4 million coats in 42 states.
Nationally, 1 in 5 children are living in poverty. In Pennsylvania, 18% of children are living in poverty. In Berks County, the poverty rate is 14.6% and in the city of Reading, the poverty rate is 40.5%.
“The overwhelming feedback we get from the organizations served is how much these coats are needed and appreciated. Also, the “Pay It Forward” component of the program is unique in that it strives to teach kids that when you receive you should give back which is a wonderful message to impart through the gift of a brand new coat,” says Virginia Rush, Executive Director of the Colonial Oaks Foundation.
We give coats to kids who need them most,” says Carey Palmquist, Executive Director of Operation Warm. “The Colonial Oaks Foundation is a long-time supporter of Operation Warm, and through their generosity we have partnered to significantly impact children in need in Central PA. We are so grateful for their ongoing and loyal support.”
About Colonial Oaks Foundation:
The Colonial Oaks Foundation strives to improve the quality of life primarily in Berks County, Pennsylvania, through financial support of education, youth and families, directly and indirectly through other charitable organizations that practice good governance and fiscal responsibility.