Church and Faith-based Community Outreach
Each year, Operation Warm manufacturers hundreds of thousands of coats for children in need across North America. Finding homes for our coats would not be possible without the help of community and national partnerships, including churches and faith-based organizations.
Our Community Heroes program allows congregations and missions to further their own ministry of service by providing brand new winter coats to children in need. This can include children in and around your own communities, incorporated into your current mission work within the U.S., or as a fundraising program for your congregation.
“This is a very positive and worthwhile project. I could tell you countless experiences of the joy the children show us. Some even refer to me as ‘The New Coat Lady!’ I’ve shared this program with other churches in our state who have also decided to participate.”
How can Community Heroes help with my organization's ministry?
The Community Heroes program gives faith-based organizations three different program options to help combat childhood poverty:
- Local Community Outreach – Work with a local school district, youth organization and/or church to identify children in need.
- Incorporate into Your Current Mission(s) – Does your place of worship already have programs in place to help assist the less fortunate (e.g. Holiday Giving Tree, back to school supplies, food pantries)? Further extend your mission by providing new coats.
- Create a Supplemental Fundraiser – Don’t have the resources to help children in your community or mission program? You can still fundraise to help Operation Warm deliver coats to children where the need is greatest.
Community Heroes FAQs
Who can start a faith-based Community Heroes program?
Any faith-based organization provided they designate a school, faith-based group, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization within the United States that serves children from low-income families as their beneficiary to receive coats as a result of their donations.
What children qualify for a new Operation Warm coat?
Generally, any child who participates in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program qualifies for a coat. Your beneficiary organization or school will be able to help you determine how many children are in need. Operation Warm can also help you identify a school or group in need of coats.
Where does Operation Warm get their brand new coats?
Operation Warm works directly with vendors and manufacturers to create our own line of coats for kids. Our coats are in children’s sizes and styles, and made to fit children from preschool to fifth grade. Every box contains a variety of colors to avoid the appearance of uniforms. Coat quality is critically important to us, so we inspect all the materials and designs to guarantee that the coats are made to our standards and, most importantly, will keep children warm.
Do you have any tips to help me raise funds for new coats?
When you sign-up to become a Community Hero, you can request a personalized fundraising page for your program. You can use this page to share with family, friends and co-workers to help you reach your goal.
You’ll also get access to the Operation Warm Partner Portal which provides a number of easy-to-follow fundraising resources.
How do I receive the coats I need for my program?
Once your fundraising is complete, you will be able to order coats directly on our website. Shipping is free!
Is there a minimum order?
Yes, 36 coats (6 boxes of 6 coats per box). Each box of coats are the same size and gender, but a multitude of different colors. This is to ensure children who pick out their coat have a variety of colors to choose from. Ordering individual coats and specific colors is not permitted. See below “How are coats shipped?” for more information.
How are coats shipped?
Coats are packaged six or twelve to a box. Sizes range from 3T to Adult Unisex XXL.
Each box contains the same size and gender coats, but in a variety of assorted colors.
The minimum order is six boxes, six coats per box (36 coats).
Due to our manufacturing process, we cannot accommodate orders for individual coats; you must order by the box of six coats.
We cannot accommodate orders for specific colors or styles. All boxes will include a variety of assorted colors.
Allow up to 10 days from the time we accept the donation for your coat order before receiving your shipment. We will email you tracking numbers when your order ships.
What is your return policy for coats?
We cannot accept returns. Please find appropriate recipients in your community for any unwanted or extra coats. Operation Warm coats MAY NOT BE RESOLD.