In the spirit of generosity and community, Operation Warm gifting events have become a beacon of hope and joy for many. These events, across North America, communities together in an extraordinary display of kindness and to support one another. Each is unique, but they all share one thing in common: heartwarming moments that stay with the volunteers and beneficiaries long after the event has concluded.
Real stories from real participants this year:
“The kids LOVED being able to choose their own coat in their favorite color. It was great to see them try them on and say “Wow, this is for ME??”. They were delighted with the process and it warmed our hearts to be part of something so special! [We] have partnered with Operation Warm for 15 years now. The partnership has been incredible.” - 2023 Corporate Partner
“We have many students from other countries and this is their first cold season! The donation was amazing. The students were so excited to pick a coat they liked and you can see the confidence when they tried it on in the mirror.” - 2023 Beneficiary
“My favorite moment was seeing each class line up with their new coats and with smiles on their faces. Also the appreciation voiced by the principal who stated they have not had a gift of this scale in her 10 years at that school.” - 2023 Corporate Volunteer
“It was one of the most rewarding feelings to see the smiles of appreciation from the parents, but primarily from the children in our community.” - 2023 Community Partner
“My heart felt warmth. The smiles on the children's faces lit up with such joy to know how much we care about them. It was the best day ever to gift so many students with this opportunity.” - 2023 Beneficiary
“My favorite moment from today was the look on the children’s faces when they found the coat they wanted in the right color. I will remember this for a while! Such a rewarding experience.” - 2023 Corporate Volunteer
“It was an amazing and heartwarming experience to be able to assist so many underserved youth... We want to do it year after year now.” - 2023 Beneficiary
As we share these stories, we hope to inspire others to share their own Operation Warm memories. Email us at Marketing@operationwarm.org to share your own.
And remember, every heartwarming story starts with a simple act of kindness. Let's keep the chain going!