Operation Warm in Washington D.C.

Join the Movement to Give Brand-New Winter Coats to Children in Need Within the D.C. Beltway

Who is Operation Warm?

We work with organizations around the country to provide new winter coats to kids in need.

Why New Coats? 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.

Overall Wellness

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.

Need in the beltway

Poverty dictates that a family’s basic needs come first – food, shelter, heat and medicine. Often, there is not enough left over for items like warm winter clothing. Unfortunately, the need in Washington is great:

  • Nearly one in ten children in the D.C. live in poverty. The poverty line is an annual income of less than $25,000/yr for a family of four.
  • Average winter temperatures in the region are in the mid-40’s – a winter coat is a necessity for vulnerable young children.

spotlight on our firefighter partners

Since 2013, local firefighters have raised over $225,000 and helped 7,000 children in need.

  • Fairfax County Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 2068
  • D.C. Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 36, Arlington County
  • Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 2800 & Fairfax City Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2702

Recent Partners

A few Operation Warm partners who have spread the gift of warmth in the Beltway
  • Ada Harris Maley Memorial Fund
  • Code 3 Association
  • Corina Higgins Trust
  • First Book
  • Arlington country Firefighters
  • District of Columbia Firefighters
  • Combined Federal Campaign
  • Fairfax County Firefighters
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • Friendship Woodridge Elementary
  • Brightwood Education Campus
  • Ballou STAY High School
  • DCPS Ludlow-Taylor
  • Hart Middle School
“Operation Warm helps children (and their families) by fulfilling a basic need to be warm in winter, and helps ensure daily attendance on days when children without a coat would miss school.”
-Major Lewis R. Reckline, National Capital Area CMDR, Salvation Army

Will You Be Our Next Partner?

Help double our impact over last year to provide 7,000 new winter coats to the children inside the Beltway!

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