Operation Warm Joins U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Appeal to Help Syrian Refugee Children

CHADDS FORD, PA – Operation Warm is proud to provide brand-new winter coats at discount to assist the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in delivering immediate and critical relief for thousands of the child refugees who have fled Syria.

“We are so blessed to be able to help with this incredibly important project,” said Dick Sanford, Founder and Chairman of Operation Warm. While Syria and the surrounding region enjoy a temperate Mediterranean climate in coastal areas, inland regions can become inhospitable in winter. Temperatures fall to 0˙F (-17˙C) and below; storms and heavy snows are common. For refugees living in tents, exposure to the cold is significant. Children, already physically stressed by their experiences during the conflict, can face serious health consequences.”

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is providing Syrian children with the warm clothing they will need this winter, procuring in the United States 20,000 kits that contain thermal underwear, winter coats, socks and mittens. Kits for children ages two and older also contain boots. The kits are being packed in Carteret, New Jersey and Louisville, Kentucky and will be shipped to the region by UNICEF’s logistics partner, UPS. Supplies from the U.S. will be distributed to Syrian children who are refugees in Lebanon and Northern Iraq. This winter, UNICEF is aiming to supply a total of 100,000 winter clothing kits to Syrian children across the region.

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