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According to data compiled by Kids Count, 33% of Minneapolis children live below the poverty line. In order to meet these kids’ most basic needs, such as food and clothing, many of their families must forgo purchasing warm coats for them. Operation Warm manufactures and distributes new winter coats for children from low-income families to prevent suffering in cold climates.
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Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS Brief/October 26, 2011)….Operation Warm in collaboration with We Care Community Reinvestment Fund and Groupon.com brings you this unique opportunity to make sure children in Minneapolis have warm coats for the Minnesota winter that will soon be upon us.
To donate your $10, go to Groupon.com and follow the instructions to become a part of this historical collaboration.
About Operation Warm:
In December 1998, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Sanford read a story in a local Chester County, PA paper that both angered and inspired him. The article talked about, “a bunch of children who were freezing at the bus stop because they did not have winter coats.”
Using his own money, Sanford went to a local department store, purchased all its children’s coats and then distributed 58 coats to a local social service organization with assistance from his Rotary Club.
One man’s gift to a few children has grown into an organization dedicated to warming hundreds of thousands of children. Since Mr. Sanford’s personal gesture of kindness in 1998, Operation Warm has distributed more than 500,000 new winter coats to children living in poverty throughout the United States. The new coats are the equivalent of more than $14 million in merchandise. Also, Operation Warm engages in other philanthropic endeavors including making contributions to other charitable organizations in the areas we serve and which Operation Warm has determined provide a meaningful benefit, supporting the charitable giving program. Today Operation Warm is headquartered in Chadds Ford, PA where the staff embraces the mission and vision to change the lives of children. In 2002 Operation Warm became a 501(c)(3).