Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Operation Warm. Click on a question to find the answer.


  • 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. Learn more on Our Coats page.

  • Can I Buy Coats for My Own Family?

    Operation Warm works with organizations, faith-based institutions and schools to give coats to kids in need all across North America. 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 36 or more children in your area, learn more about starting a Community Heroes 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 Heroes page.

  • Is There Really That Much Need?

    Sadly, there is more need than we can meet at this time. Nearly 16 million children live in poverty across North America. More than 2.5 million children are homeless each year in the U.S.1

  • 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.

  • 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 Fire Fighters for Operation Warm?

    Fire fighters allow Operation Warm to expand our mission and connect more kids with brand new winter coats. Fire fighters inherently want to protect and support their local communities. Operation Warm works with fire fighters to provide a gift of warmth to children in their communities through brand new winter coats.

    Are you a fire fighter? Click here to learn how your department can join our mission.

  • 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 Celebrations, you can learn more here.

  • How Long has Operation Warm Been a Notable Charity?

    Operation Warm became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2002. We currently distribute coats throughout North America, delivering hundreds of thousands of coats annually.

    View our IRS Determination Letter
    View our 2018 990 Form

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