How It Works
1. Select the Children
Our mission is to serve children ages 3-11 living at or below the federal poverty guidelines.
Given your community knowledge, we trust you to select a worthy organization to serve. Viable options include: elementary schools, shelters, community-based organizations, anti-poverty programs, Boys & Girls clubs, etc.
Using the Free/Reduced Lunch Program as a guide, www.elementaryschools.org is a great tool to help identify the need in your community.
2. Set Your Goal
Set your goal based on the price per coat & the number of eligible children at the school/organization you have selected.
Your goal should reflect the amount of money you think your Local can raise. The cost of our coats start at $18-$34 and the minimum order is 30 coats (5 boxes).
If you are targeting a school, you may consider focusing on a certain grade(s) rather than serving the entire school.
Promote Awareness – using the promotional designs sent to you by your Operation Warm representative, spread awareness of your program to elicit contributions.
Secure Donations – post your CUSTOM donation page link across social media platforms. If you don’t have a page or can’t find your link, please contact your Operation Warm rep.
Host an event, raffle, tournament, race, etc. to increase potential donation opportunities – see our Resources page for fundraising ideas. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
4. Order Coats
Size the Children – when you sign up, you’ll receive our sizing kit your school/beneficiary organization can use.
*NOTE – All coats are prepackaged and shipped in bulk. Coats must be ordered by box. Each box contains 6 coats of the same size & gender, but in a variety of colors. Due to warehousing restrictions, we cannot open boxes to fulfill custom orders.Order Coats
5. Give Out the Coats!
Coordinate with Selected Organization – schedule the date/time of the coat giving event and secure space ahead of time – gym, cafeteria, or other spacious areas are ideal.
Plan for PR – See our Resources page for tips on how to inform the local press of your event and garner recognition.
Pass Out Coats – the best part!! Gather local members, sponsors, and volunteers to experience first-hand the joy that comes with giving a brand-new coat on a child in need. There is no feeling quite like it!