Our Impact

Why New Coats?

We believe a new winter coat can be #morethanacoat. We believe it can inspire happiness and warmth within a child, while also increasing peer acceptance both inside and outside of school.

Giving a New Coat Helps Improve:


Giving a child something brand new creates a sense of pride in ownership that fosters self-confidence in children who may feel insecure.


The #1 way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. New coats help children get to school more often on cold and rainy days.


It's hard to play outside, make snow angels, or just be a kid without a warm coat. All children should have a chance to stay active year-round.

Providing Hope, Happiness & Warmth to Children in Need Across the Country

Our Stories

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a thanksgiving message from firefighters

Since 2012, Firefighters for Operation Warm have helped over 250,000 children receive brand-new coats!  We caught up with a few of the firehouses this season and asked them, “What does Operation Warm, and providing new winter coats for kids, mean to you?”

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operation warm + igs energy deliver coats in norristown, pa

It’s been an unseasonably warm fall on the East Coast, but on Tuesday, October 17, Philadelphia and its surrounding areas received their first frost advisory. As luck would have it, this was also the day IGS Energy visited Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown, PA to provide 500 brand-new coats to children in need.

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syracuse firefighters make lasting impact on their community

The Syracuse City IAFF Local 280 fire fighters connected with Operation Warm in 2017. In an interview with Operation Warm, Local 280 fire fighter and executive board member Maurice Gilbert says that the group targeted their efforts toward the PEACE Inc. Early/Headstart Program at a local school with approximately 170 students ranging from two to five years old.

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horizon services + camden firefighters help kids in new jersey

On Wednesday, November 8, Horizon Services and Camden Firefighters, IAFF Local 2578 & Local 788 will provided nearly 500 brand-new winter coats to children in need at Riletta Twyne Cream Family School in Camden, NJ.

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how a new coat can affect your brain

Research shows that keeping warm not only protects your body, but also can affect your brain. Because of this, giving a child a warm winter coat can have lasting psychological and behavioral impact.

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