Mission for Warmth
Each year, Operation Warm manufacturers and distributes hundreds of thousands of coats to children in need across the U.S. Fundraising and coat delivery would not be possible without the help of community and national partnerships, including churches and faith-based organizations.
A Mission for Warmth allows congregations and missions to further their own ministry of service by providing brand new, USA-made winter coats to children in need. This can include children in and around your own communities, incorporated into your current mission work within the U.S., or as a fundraising program for your congregation.
“This is a very positive and worthwhile project. I could tell you countless experiences of the joy the children show us. Some even refer to me as ‘The New Coat Lady!’ I’ve shared this program with other churches in our state who have also decided to participate.”
How can a Mission for Warmth help with my organization's ministry?
Mission for Warmth gives faith-based organizations three different program options to help combat childhood poverty:
- Local Community Outreach – Work with a local school district, youth organization and/or church to identify children in need.
- Incorporate into Your Current Mission(s) – Does your place of worship already have programs in place to help assist the less fortunate (e.g. Holiday Giving Tree, back to school supplies, food pantries)? Further extend your mission by providing new coats.
- Create a Supplemental Fundraiser – Don’t have the resources to help children in your community or mission program? You can still fundraise and work with Operation Warm to find a suitable beneficiary (e.g. homeless shelter, local school or another nonprofit serving poor children). We’ll also help you create your own online fundraising webpage.
Mission for Warmth FAQs
Who can start a Mission for Warmth Program?
Any faith-based organization provided they designate a school, faith-based group, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization within the United States that serves children from low-income families as their beneficiary to receive coats as a result of their donations.
What children qualify for a new Operation Warm coat?
Generally, any child who participates in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program qualifies for a coat. Your beneficiary organization or school will be able to help you determine how many children are in need. Operation Warm can also help you identify a school or group in need of coats.
Where does Operation Warm get their brand new coats?
Operation Warm works directly with American vendors and American made materials. Our coats are in children’s sizes and styles, and made to fit children from preschool to fifth grade. Every box contains a variety of colors to avoid the appearance of uniforms. Coat quality is critically important to us, so we inspect all the materials and designs to guarantee that the coats are made to our standards and, most importantly, will keep children warm.
Why are your coats made in America? Doesn’t that cost more?
Several years ago, working with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Operation Warm began manufacturing a portion of its coats in America. Through this program, not only do we give a gift of warmth and self-esteem to children living in need, we also support American jobs and the economy. The slight increase in costs pays off in supporting hundreds of good American jobs. We’re working hard to grow this program, so that we can support even more jobs and bring costs down through economies of scale.
Do you have any tips to help me raise funds for new coats?
Operation Warm will help you create your very own peer-to-peer fundraising page for your Mission for Warmth program. You can use this page to share with family, friends and co-workers to help you reach your goal.
Click here to see an example fundraising page.
How do I receive the coats I need for my program?
Is there a minimum order?
Yes, 30 coats (5 boxes of 6 coats per box). Each box of coats are the same size and gender, but a multitude of different colors. This is to ensure children who pick out their coat have a variety of colors to choose from. Ordering individual coats is not permitted. See below “How are coats shipped?” for more information.
How are coats shipped?
Coats are packaged six to a box. Sizes range from 3T to Adult Unisex XXL.
Each box contains the same size and gender coats, but in a variety of assorted colors.
The minimum order is five boxes, six coats per box (30 coats).
Due to our manufacturing process, we cannot accommodate orders for individual coats; you must order by the box of six coats.
We cannot accommodate orders for specific colors or styles. All boxes will include a variety of assorted colors.
Allow up to 10 days from the time we accept the donation for your coat order before receiving your shipment. We will email you tracking numbers when your order ships.
What is your return policy for coats?
We cannot accept returns. Please find appropriate recipients in your community for any unwanted or extra coats. Operation Warm coats MAY NOT BE RESOLD.
Get Involved with Operation Warm
Are you ready to help kids in your area with your own Operation Warm Mission for Warmth Program? Get in contact with us or start your coat order below.