While driving on the streets of Kennett Square in Pennsylvania, Dick Sanford encountered a sight that eventually spurred the formation of Operation Warm. A group of children - coatless - huddled at a bus stop on a cold December morning in 1998. The sight led Dick to drive to a local department store and purchased every coat in stock. 
With the help of his local Rotary club, these 58 brand new coats were given directly to kids in need.  This gesture of kindness inspired the creation of Operation Warm.  The first 58 coats were purchased by one man, but the millions of coats since then have been a result of communities and their local Rotary clubs united and working together to improve the livelihood of children living in poverty. Today, organizations around the country help provide new coats to hundreds of thousands of children each year. Many clubs in Rotary District 6650, including the Orrville club, have adopted and embraced Operation Warm as an annual priority community outreach initiative. Operation Warm is a leader in the nonprofit arena in efficiency. This past year, 95 cents of every dollar raised went to the program and, since 1998, Operation Warm has gifted nearly three million brand new coats to children in need. As it has for the past several years,Orrville Rotary has once again joined the Operation Warm movement and recently donated funds to purchase  new coats for 32 local youths at the Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club and Orrville Elementary School. It is projected that the 2019 Rotary year promises to be a record breaking year for Operation Warm coats for kids project.
PHOTO:  Sarah Ecker, Orrville Rotarian and Operation Warm coordinator for the club, poses with Kevin Platz, OABGC director  who happily display some of the newly delivered children's coats which will also bee shared with OES students.
SUBMITTED BY:  Orrville Rotary Club (Wilma Raynor)