EQT Foundation Connects Underserved Children with New Winter Coats

“We supplied over 3,000 to children this winter and our need for November 2012 will exceed 4,000.  We need a lot of help, so this generous gift from EQT Foundation is wonderful,” said James Blackburn, CEO of Coats for Kids in Pikesville, KY.  “EQT is a loyal and generous supporter, and without their help, I am saddened to think of the unbearable cold these children would suffer. Operation Warm is about more than coats.  It’s about giving a child confidence …It’s about feeling good on the inside because they know they look good on the outside.  It’s about keeping a child in school because they can stay warm while waiting on the bus.  It’s about stretching the family budget and using ‘coat money’ for food or electricity,” said Blackburn.

Operation Warm works to enhance the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, by providing them with resources that promote a positive self-image and foster the conviction that says, “I am of value.” Operation Warm is providing over 220,000 disadvantaged children in local communities throughout the U.S. with new coats this winter.  For some of these children, this coat is the first new item of clothing they have ever received. 

“Because the coat is new, Operation Warm is frequently told that the child, the family and the community are touched in ways that deliver more than weather protection.  Self-esteem is enhanced as children realize that someone, somewhere, cares enough to make sure they have a new winter coat,” said Carey M. Palmquist, Executive Director, Operation Warm.

For more information or to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of these children, visit www.operationwarm.org or call 1-800-730-WARM. 

About EQT and EQT Foundation:
As part of its overall corporate citizenship profile, EQT believes in giving back to the communities in which they operate. To that end, they established the EQT Foundation as a dedicated resource for providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support to communities touched by its businesses.

The EQT Foundation supports nonprofits in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia to provide support to projects that help make a difference on critical issues facing our society, like providing basic essentials- new, warm winter coats- to children in need.

EQT Foundation’s Mission:
The Foundation will help EQT make a difference by identifying and supporting innovative local programs and initiatives that support the efforts of our operating regions to produce an abundant and well-trained workforce, a diverse and economically viable business climate, and an environmentally safe and stable infrastructure.

Learn more about EQT by visiting their website at: www.eqt.com

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