(WBNG Binghamton) Local Oneonta Rotarians in conjunction with Opportunities for Otsego helped to distribute over 48 new warm, winter coats to needy children across Otsego County and the surrounding area.
According to a news release:
The project is called “Operation Warm” and is part of a national project that started in 1998 to distribute warm coats to children in need. Today over 100 Rotary Clubs in more than 28 states partner with Operation Warm to conduct service projects that provide new winter coats to children in their communities. Over 55,000 children all over the country have been provided with new winter coats. Each club is responsible for identifying their own beneficiary organizations.
The local “Operation Warm” project, initiated in 2009, has provided over 500 new winter coats to children in the surrounding area, making it possible for the children to stay healthy, attend school regularly and enjoy active outdoor play. Rotarians Chad Smith and Cindy Struckle are Co-Chairs of Operation Warm.
According to Chad Smith, Co-Chair for Operation Warm, “The coats are high quality, designed for maximum warmth and durability and kid friendly (including deep pockets, detachable hoods, colorful and stylish). The gift of a new winter coat raises a child’s self-esteem by giving them something new that is their own. Having something brand new is a rare treat for many children.”
Oneonta Rotarian members dig deep every year to support this program and many other similar community projects.
“On behalf of the children, many of whom had never owned a new coat, I want to thank the members of the Oneonta Rotary Club. On a very cold day, Oneonta’s Rotarians put warm smiles on the faces of nearly 50 local children.” Gary Herzig, Chief Operations Officer, Opportunities for Otsego, Inc.