Hannum’s Harley-Davidson, Riddle Hospital and Tri-State H.O.G. Partner to Provide Coats to Children


For Immediate Release

Carey Palmquist

(610) 388-6305


Operation Warm, Hannum’s Harley-Davidson, Riddle Hospital and Tri-State H.O.G.

Join Hands to Provide the Gift of Warmth to Aid Children in Poverty in Delaware County, PA

Middletown, PA – Hannum’s Harley-Davidson, Riddle Hospital and Tri-State H.O.G. (Harley Owner’s Group) are partnering again with non-profit Operation Warm to bring the gift of warmth to Delaware County’s most at-risk children.  Launching the 9th annual “Coats for Kids” bike run and coat drive, the partnership results in a collection of hundreds of brand new winter coats for local children in need.  The “Coats for Kids” bike run takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17th.

All riders, both two and four wheels, are welcome to join the ride which kicks off with registration beginning at 10:00am at Hannum’s Harley-Davidson, 1241 Baltimore Pike in Chadds Ford.  The ride will depart at noon with a police escort and proceed to Riddle Hospital for the delivery of coats and a brief presentation.  All coats will be distributed through Riddle Hospital and Operation Warm to local Delaware County children living in poverty.

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 coats in 37 states and in February 2012, distributed the one millionth coat.

“Hannum’s Harley-Davidson and the Tri-State H.O.G. Club have a true passion and commitment for serving their community.  For Hannum’s loyal customers it is about the little things like the smile and hope these coats provide to the children of our local community.  This ride has become part of the DNA of Hannum’s Harley-Davidson and Tri-State H.O.G.” said Tonda Hannum-DiPasquale, Owner of Hannun’s Harley-Davidson.

“Together we make a difference.  The groups collect brand new coats with tags attached for local school-aged children, sizes 4-16.  Our goal has always been to provide a new winter coat that keeps the child warm, enables them to attend school regularly, and boosts their self-esteem,” said Martha Grieco, spokesperson for Riddle Hospital.

“Hannum’s Harley-Davidson is a long-time supporter and champion for Operation Warm, and through their generosity have significantly impacted children in need in Delaware County. We are so grateful for their ongoing and loyal support.  It’s one of our favorite events of the year.  These are just the greatest people!” said Carey Palmquist, Operation Warm’s Executive Director.

About Hannum’s Harley-Davidson

Hannum’s Harley-Davidson has been a family-owned and operated business since it first opened its doors on Chester Pike in Crum Lynne in 1954. As the business expanded, the store was relocated to its current location in Media in 1959; a second location was added in Chadds Ford in 2000. Family truly is at the heart of Hannum’s Harley-Davidson. Tom Jr. was an avid racer and motorcycling enthusiast with a great respect for the American iconic brand, Harley-Davidson. Over the years he passed this passion on to his wife Rita and two children, Tonda and Tom III. All three are actively involved in all aspects of the business today.  For more information about Hannum’s Harley-Davidson visit www.hannumshd.com/.

About Operation Warm Inc.
Operation Warm Inc. is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of new winter coats to children in need. Our vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly and develop a strong self-esteem. Operation Warm has distributed coats in 37 states.  Along with Coats for Kids Foundation (Combined Federal Campaign #52316), a service of Operation Warm, Inc., we served our MILLIONTH child in February 2012 – a momentous milestone. For more information about Operation Warm visit www.operationwarm.org.


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