Since its inception,. Operation Warm has worked closely with Rotary clubs. When Operation Warm’s founder Dick Sanford bought his first 58 coats in 1998, his local Longwood Rotary Club assisted him in the first coat giveaway at a nearby school serving children in need. Over the next few years, other clubs joined the effort, helping expand fundraising and assisting with more coat giving programs.
Today, over 280 Rotary Clubs in more than 50 districts have partnered with Operation Warm to conduct service projects that provide brand new winter coats to children in their communities. In fact, Rotary clubs have provided over 300,000 children all over the country with new winter coats, helping us impact communities we could never reach on our own, from New Hampshire to Texas, the Pacific Northwest to Michigan, in large cities and many small towns.
We will be identifying the beneficiary organization(s), typically local schools or youth services agencies, and raise funds locally to support this project.