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Impactful Stories From Our Volunteers

Volunteer Stories

Every season, we hear impactful stories from our volunteers – sharing their experiences and the joy they felt at gifting events. Some of the stories from this past season touched us so much, that we just had to share. Take a look!

And, if your company is interested in starting an employee volunteer program with Operation Warm, reach out to our team! 



  • "My favorite memory from the day was when one of the students [received] a new pair of black shoes with a white sole. He said I have shoes like you! Then he said you wear glasses like my brother and gave me a high five."
  • "It was cry-free Friday, but my heart was overflowing. The kids were amazing...participation should come with a disclaimer that you might discover feelings that you haven't had in a long time. Thank you for providing this opportunity for me to participate. I could do this every Friday for 52 weeks to make sure no child at any school is missed."
  • "My job was to write the names of the kids on the tag of the jacket. There were several kids that didn't want to take them off and a few who pretty much refused so I did my best to add their name while it was still on. I love that they loved their new coats so much."
  • "I come from [an] inner city community...I can identify myself with these kid’s...I thank [my company] for giving me the opportunity to be involved. I feel very proud that the company I represent would do such a spectacular event like this. The kid’s faces and the joy of knowing that someone cares about their well being, made my day."
  • "I enjoyed helping the next generation experience a positive exchange with a total stranger who just wanted to help them. Seeing the appreciation the students felt - gave me confidence in the future of our communities."
  • "After the event had ended, I was helping clean up the event space. As I was returning from the supply closet, I had 2 girls in the first grade come running up to me in their new bright pink shoes. They gave me a big hug and thanked me. One of the girls said it was the first time she had ever had a pair of new shoes. That melted my heart."
  • "It was an amazing event, perfect day to give warm coats as Seattle got it's first snow of the year! The kids were so happy and I got to meet my team in person for the first time ever!"
  • "While helping a student try on a coat, she said "this is the best day of my whole life"! "


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Our Impact

  • Years of Service


  • Total Children Served


  • Communities Served


  • 2022-2023 Volunteer Hours


  • FedEx
  • Nordstrom
  • Thomas
  • IGS Energy
  • Exelon
  • Money Mart
  • Elks National Foundation, Inc.
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Pat's Coats for Kids
  • Morgan Stanley
  • WW Smith
  • Lazard
  • Wells Fargo
  • Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation
  • Benjamin Moore
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Delilah Home
  • Rotary Districts
  • Mountain America
    Mountain America
  • The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates
  • TJX
  • bpx energy
  • Delta
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Gerber
  • IAFF Local 2068 Fairfax County
  • PNC
  • EQT
  • AccuWeather
  • Operation North Pole
  • Rock 99.9 KISW
  • Scott Spino Foundation
  • Heinz
  • Marathon Petroleum
    Marathon Petroleum
  • Gynada
  • Accenture
  • Subaru
  • Amazon
  • Assistance League
    Assistance League
  • Bonzy
  • Civitas
  • Ferrellgas
  • Five Below
    Five Below
  • Fox Milwaukee
    Fox Milwaukee
  • Harvey Hanna
    Harvey Hanna
  • Hasbro
  • Holtec
  • Islamic Relief
    Islamic Relief
  • Kaiser
  • Lake Trust
    Lake Trust
  • Lennox
  • Liuna
  • Molina
  • NYC
  • Ocean First
    Ocean First
  • Salvation Army
    Salvation Army
  • The Tepper Foundation
    The Tepper Foundation
  • wawa
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