What is the Difference Between Operation Warm and a Coat Drive?
Operation Warm’s mission is to provide only brand new coats to children in need. Instead of collecting used coats as in a coat drive, we can turn monetary donations from donors into warm, brand new coats for kids.
Since 1998, we have seen our coats inspire feelings of pride, excitement and joy. Operation Warm coats help raise the self-esteem and peer acceptance of children struggling in poverty. Every child deserves the right to feel confident and valued, no matter their economic background.
Why is a Brand New Operation Warm Coat “More Than a Coat?”
A brand new Operation Warm coat provides not just physical warmth, but so much more. Without a warm coat, many children in need miss school, which also means they miss the education they need as well as a free or reduced breakfast and lunch that fuels their bodies. In addition, having a beautiful brand new coat builds self-esteem and peer acceptance, giving children the confidence they need to succeed.
Why Do You Manufacture Your Own Coats?
Controlling the manufacturing means we can provide high quality coats for a low cost. Each coat is carefully designed, sized and styled for American children. You can learn more about Operation Warm coats here: Our Coats.
What Ages, Grades and Sizes Do You Serve?
Our mission is focused on serving children in need between the ages of three and thirteen, which usually covers preschool through sixth grade. Because children come in a wonderful variety of sizes, so do our coats! We offer boys coats and girls coats in sizes from 2T up to Adults XXL.
What Color Are Your Coats?
Each year, dozens of different coat color combinations are carefully chosen. Our goal is to provide beautiful, colorful, stylish coats that are as bright as the smiles they produce.
Can I Buy Coats for My Own Family?
Operation Warm works with organizations, churches and schools to give coats to kids in need all across the country. Unfortunately, we can’t ship coats individually to families in need. Check within your local community to see if there is a coat giving event planned in your area. If you want to help 30 or more children in your area, learn more about starting a Community Managed Coat Program.
How Do You Choose Who Gets Coats?
Operation Warm works with community partners to identify children in need. Not only does this make our organization more efficient, it ensures that coats go to the kids that need them the most. Typically, the children who receive Operation Warm coats attend a Title 1 school, a school where 40% or more of their students’ families are at or below 150% of the federally prescribed poverty level. Children may also be identified by living in a shelter, or through a human service agency or other direct-service organization.
If you have identified a group of children in need, we can help you create your own fundraiser to gather donations that will be used directly for those children. To learn more, click to our Community Partners page or call 610-388-2500.
Is There Really That Much Need?
Sadly, there is more need than we can meet at this time. More than 14 million children live in poverty in the US. Nationally, nearly one in five children will be homeless at some point in their lives. For children under five years old, that number is one in four.
Is My Donation Tax Deductible?
Absolutely! All donations to Operation Warm are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations through our website automatically generate a receipt that can be used as proof of your donation. The Federal Tax ID number for Operation Warm is 38-3663310.
Where can I find out more about childhood poverty?
We take pride in our transparency and utilize only accurate information from industry leaders to translate our ideas into action. You can review a list of our research and citations here.
What is the Snow Angel Program?
Many donors prefer the easy method of an automatic, monthly donation to support children in need all year long. Operation Warm has responded by creating the Snow Angel program. Click to learn more: Snow Angels.
Do You Only Take Donations of Money?
We are always grateful for donations of products and services that can spread the word and further our mission to warm children, while keeping costs down. Learn more here.
What is Firefighters for Operation Warm?
Firefighters allow Operation Warm to expand our mission and connect more kids with brand new winter coats. Our partnership with firefighters across the country means that many of our coats are made right here in America, where they are then given to children in the communities where firefighters serve.
Coats delivered through our Firefighter partners are 100% sourced and manufactured in America, and support hundreds of jobs across the country. All of your hard-earned donations stay local and help children in the communities you protect. Are you a firefighter? Click here to join our movement.
How Can I Volunteer to Get Coats to Kids
Operation Warm is actively seeking volunteers to help us launch our new program – Operation Warm Volunteer Brigade! If you are interested in volunteering at our fall/winter Coat Giving Events, you can learn more here.
How Long has Operation Warm Been a Notable Charity?