Operation Warm & Libraries Unite to Warm the Hearts and Minds of Children


This week is National Library Week; a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.

In honor of National Library Week and all of the dedicated librarians across the country, we want to spotlight our newest program: “Warming the Hearts and Minds of Children.”

We piloted this program last fall with help from the Chicago Public Library, Chicago Community Trust, International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 2, Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield and Kiwanis Club of Chicago South East.

This program brought economically disadvantaged children and their families to neighborhood libraries to receive gifts of new Operation Warm winter coats and two new books for their in-home library. For many children, it was their first time inside a library. In fact, 116 new library cards were issued during these two gifting events. This program shows again that a brand new coat is “More than a coat!”

Learn more about last year’s pilot program at here.

Contact us to discuss how we can work together to bring this program you your local library next fall.


Interested in providing brand new coats for kids in your community? We would love for you to join us as an Operation Warm Community Partner!

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