Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that manufactures brand-new, high-quality coats for children in need. We partner with compassionate individuals, community organizations, and corporations across North America to provide emotional warmth, confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope of a brighter future through the gift of a brand-new coat.
Operation Warm is not a coat drive. The organization has created our own line of thoughtfully designed winter coats, made just for kids. This year, Operation Warm will reach the milestone of 4 million coats gifted to children in need across North America.
Many children receive coats through Operation Warm’s Community Heroes program. Locally based fire fighters, faith-based organizations, and service clubs raise awareness and funds to provide brand-new coats to children in their communities. Grant funding from the Carnival Foundation has enabled Operation Warm to grow and expand the impact of these Community Heroes programs, while providing new coats to over 7,000 children.
“One of the exciting things about working with Carnival is their goal of reaching communities all across the United States,” says Allison Price, Development Director at Operation Warm. “Many funders are focused on a particular geographical area or city, whereas Carnival funding can support coat distributions anywhere there is partner interest.” With the Carnival Foundation’s support, Operation Warm has been able to reach more communities where the need is disproportionately high.
Our tagline #MoreThanACoat means that the gift of a brand-new coat goes well beyond the initial impact of warmth. Operation Warm is dedicated to connecting people to essential resources in their communities. Over the last 20 years, Operation Warm has used a new coat as a bridge for families in need to access everything from flu shots to literacy resources. The organization is proud to grow community networks locally and nationally, with partners like the Carnival Foundation, through collaboration and the shared vision of service.
Now more than ever – together, we are #MoreThanACoat.
To learn more about Operation Warm, visit operationwarm.org.