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Stepping Towards Success: Brand-New Athletic Style Shoes for Children in Need

Shoe Blog

Physical activity and play are essential for a child’s development. Since 2020, Operation Warm has been gifting brand-new shoes to children in need, directly responding to our beneficiaries that informed us of this essential need for the kids they served. Our athletic-style shoes provide comfort and protection, inspire confidence, and empower children to get out and stay active.



 Empowering Children Through Style
Our shoes aim to provide not only functionality, but empower children to choose the color that makes them feel their best! For children facing economic hardships, owning a brand-new pair of shoes that fits them perfectly and was made just for them, boosts self-esteem, and gives them a sense of pride in their belongings.

Encouraging Physical Activity and Well-being
Physical activity is vital for a child’s well-being, healthy growth, and cognitive development. But without proper footwear, kids can’t participate when it matters most. When gifted shoes that fit properly and have the flexibility and durability needed, kids can get out and play – creating a healthier lifestyle.

Fostering Inclusion
Access to proper-fitting shoes that keep children comfortable and confident helps kids fit in and socialize. Every child deserves the opportunity to pursue their passions, explore their potential and get out to play with their peers.

How can you make a difference?

  1. Fundraise and gift brand-new shoes in your community. Operation Warm's community partnership program allows you to fundraise and gift shoes to local area children in need.
  2. Volunteer your time. Apply to be a Community Impact Volunteer and support Operation Warm's shoe gifting events.
  3. Spread awareness for this essential need. Share this blog with a friend, post on social media, and use your network to raise awareness about the need for brand-new shoes for underserved children.

Our Impact

  • Years of Service


  • Total Children Served


  • Communities Served


  • 2022-2023 Volunteer Hours


  • Eagles
  • Subaru
  • 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
  • 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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