Columbia Gas Teams Up with Nonprofit Operation Warm to Provide More than a Thousand Brand New Coats to Kids in Need

Columbia Gas donates funds to give schoolchildren winter coats made just for them

Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, MA – Just in time for the holidays, Columbia Gas will provide more than one thousand brand new coats to students living in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover through its partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children in need.

With Columbia Gas’ donation, the entire student body at South Lawrence East Elementary School will receive brand new coats. Coats are also being delivered to the school departments in Andover and North Andover, enabling them to distribute the coats to local families.

Operation Warm’s wish list has more than 106,000 coat requests by schools and organizations serving children in need across the country. The school requested the winter items as part of Operation Warm’s wish list due to many of its students and their families being affected by September’s gas event in the Merrimack Valley. Operation Warm identifies children by qualification for the federal Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) Program. South Lawrence East Elementary School has 100 percent of its students living in need.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Operation Warm on such an important initiative that will directly benefit the communities of Andover, Lawrence and North Andover this winter season,” said Mark Kempic, Chief Operating Officer of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. “These communities have been incredibly welcoming and gracious to our teams over the past few months and we look forward to continuing our support of the Greater Lawrence Area for years to come.”

“With the simple gift of a brand new winter coat, Columbia Gas will have a profound impact on the Greater Lawrence community,” said Grace Sica, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Operation Warm. “Every child will get a boost of confidence and wellness to carry them through the winter, and their families and teachers will share in the joy.”

Children will be personally fitted with a brand new winter coat in their favorite color and an interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You,” and includes a space for their name. 

About Operation Warm 

Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that creates brand new, high-quality coats for children in need. Every child, regardless of their economic situation, deserves a brand new coat. Operation Warm partners with compassionate individuals and organizations across North America to give a gift of warmth, confidence and hope to millions of children in need. Operation Warm believes a brand new coat is more than a coat, promoting self-esteem, school attendance and outdoor play.

To learn more about Operation Warm, visit OperationWarm.org.

About Columbia Gas 

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts delivers clean, affordable and efficient natural gas to more than 320,000 customers in southeastern Massachusetts, the greater Springfield area and the Merrimack Valley. Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, the company is the largest gas-only provider in the state and is one of NiSource’s seven regulated utility companies.  NiSource (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. More information about Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is available at www.ColumbiaGasMA.com

www.operationwarm.org           www.ColumbisGasMA.com

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