Mars Partners with Nonprofit Operation Warm to Provide Brand New Coats to Entire Chicago School

Mars Associates give schoolchildren eco-friendly winter gear made just for them

Chicago – More than one in four children in Chicago live in families with incomes below the federal poverty line. Necessities like warm winter clothing can be hard to come by when food, housing, heat and healthcare take priority.

Mars Incorporated is partnering with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children in need, to help alleviate the financial burden of a brand new coat for hundreds of families in Chicago.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Mars will provide 365 brand new coats to children in need at Manierre Elementary School in Chicago through its partnership with Operation Warm. In addition to brand new coats, 30 percent of the coats given away at this event will be Green Guardian Coats™, Operation Warm’s eco-friendly coats made from recycled plastics.

“With more Mars Associates located in Chicago than anywhere else in the world, we love this city and one way we give to the local community is through the Mars Volunteer Program,” Anne Vela-Wagner, Sr. Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, says. “We’re thrilled to partner with Operation Warm this year to provide coats to students at Manierre Elementary School. We know the coats will bring warmth and smiles to the kids and their families.”

“The gift of a brand new coat to a child in need in Chicago is profound,” Grace Sica, Operation Warm’s Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, says. “It will keep each individual child warm during the unrelenting Chicago Winter. And the entire school community will be positively impacted by Mars’ generosity.”

Mars employee volunteers will visit Manierre Elementary School to personally fit each child with a brand new winter coat in their favorite color and help them write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.”

Media is welcome to attend.
Manierre Elementary School
1420 N Hudson Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 – 9am – 11:30am

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. We partner 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

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With more than $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD®Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

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