In my first article about Operation Warm, written a few months ago, I described them as a well-rounded social endeavor – passionate, creative, responsive and collaborative – all based on their belief that every child identified at risk should have a new warm winter coat. In a few short weeks Operation Warm will deliver its One Millionth Coat to a child in need somewhere in the United States.
There’s much to admire about an organization desiring to help break the vicious cycle created by poverty in the United States. Depending on where you seek your information anywhere from 20% to 30% of children live in poverty. Let’s bring this closer to home. According to the latest census data, my area, referred to by many as upscale, has ,conservatively, 3000 children, under the ages of 18, living below the poverty line. The issues surrounding poverty are complex, complicated and difficult but the fact remains:
These are real children, like your own, with dreams and hope for the future.
No, this isn’t a post about solving the poverty barrier but it is about actually doing something to help alleviate one of the issues: making it possible for kids to go to school because they have a new warm coat. Operation Warm does just that through their many community partners and compassionate people.
Now Operation Warm is holding a national awareness event on February 22, 2012 called One Night Without Warmth designed to give information about the far-reaching cycle of childhood poverty and to share Operation Warm’s mission to provide some relief to these families. Tailored locally by schools, communities, organizations, or churches as a fundraiser to support Operation Warm or as a call to action it’s surely a night to help people understand how cold you can get when you don’t have a coat.
For more information and to get involved click here