New Coats for Natural Disaster Victims

Operation Warm takes a keen interest on the health and well-being of communities across the country.  Due solely to the generosity and agility of our donor community, Operation Warm was able to assist victims of devastating acts of nature during 2012.  We thank our supporters for their willingness to help so many children whose lives were suddenly upside down due to both hurricane and wildfire events.


Colorado Wild FiresOperation Warm sent over 250 coats to aid in wildfire relief.  In 2012, wildfires struck in Colorado, devastating approximately 384,803 acres of land, and destroying 648 structures which include homes, schools, and churches. Operation Warm mobilized a disaster relief campaign and through generous and concerned donors, raised enough to provide over 250 coats to ACS Community L.I.F.T. who distributed them to victims of the High Park Fire, west of Fort Collins and one of the largest fires of the year.  According to Cathy Kissner, Disaster Coordinator for Rocky Mountain Conference, “We had so many clients coming through who simply had nothing but the clothes on their backs at the beginning and grabbed what they needed to get by.  Once fall set in, it was a different story.  They needed something warm for their little ones, and Operation Warm came through for us.  We are very grateful for Operation Warm’s support, and would like to thank everyone who helped.”

Hurricane SandyOperation Warm in partnership with hundreds of individual donors, BNY Mellon NYC, Sovereign Bank, and Yaverland Foundation provided more than 7,300 brand new coats to Hurricane Sandy relief, immediately following the late-October “Frankenstorm.”  The storm left dozens dead, thousands homeless and millions without power. What follows are some other staggering facts*:

  • $18 billion: Amount the federal government has kicked in for debris removal
  • 7 million: Number of people left without power
  • 2.5 million: Amount of cubic yards of debris removed to date
  • 800,000: Number of daily and public transit customers affected
  • 346,000 homes: Damaged or destroyed
  • 185,000: Number of businesses in New Jersey impacted
  • 116,000: Number of New Jersey residents evacuated or displaced from homes
  • 100,000: Number of storm-related unemployment claims
  • 17,000: Number of out-of-state utility workers who came to New Jersey to restore power
  • 8,000: Estimated number of jobs lost in November because of Sandy
  • 1,400: Number of sunken vessels in the wake of the storm
  • 1,000: Number of schools that lost their power
  • 6: Number of schools completely destroyed by Sandy
  • 600: Number of full or partial road closures
  • 127: Number of shelters open at the peak of the storm

*NJ Spotlight, an independent online news service on issues critical to New Jersey, makes its in-depth reporting available to NewsWorks.

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