Will Coats for Kids work outside the city of Alexandria?
Yes we will deliver coats throughout the U.S. through our parent organization Operation Warm.
However, if requested outside of the Washington D.C. metro region, the funding for the coat program must be underwritten locally. The Washington D.C. region is supported, in part, by the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area.
Will you deliver coats to children individually?
No. Our charter is to deliver coats only through established organizations, i.e. schools, city departments of social services, churches/synagogues, and other nonprofit or service organizations who provide services to at-risk and poor children.
Will you participate in large giveaway programs at the holidays?
No. We work closely with schools and other organizations to make certain that coats go to children who need one. We do this to positively impact each child’s self-image.
While this is a charitable effort, our goal is to impact every facet of a child’s life to give hope and confidence to them to fully participate in all school activities. Mass give-aways are outside our scope and mission.
Do you require evidence that the child receiving the coat is low-income?
No. By working with nurses, social workers, principals and others who work daily with at-risk kids, we are confident that the children who they indicate need coats are, in fact,those whose families cannot afford to provide them one.
Do you offer all sizes?
Our sizes change based on available inventory. The sizes currently range from children’s 4T through adult-sized coats M and L for larger children.
Do you want to know who receives coats that you donate?
No. We accept that an organization will honor their commitment to helping low-income children once they have been approved as a recipient organization.
Are you present when coats are delivered?
Normally no. If the program administrator requests our attendance or if the social worker has a question about whether a particular coat will fit. In that case, we will assist.
Will you deliver coats to churches or synagogues?
Yes. We expect churches to provide us with information about the children and schools with whom they are working.
Is Coats for Kids a nonprofit corporation?
Yes. Our approval letter from the IRS as a public charity is posted on our website. Effective in 2011, with the retirement of Paul & Cheryl Darby, Coats for Kids has become a service of Operation Warm. Operation Warm d/b/a Coats For Kids Foundation is also a nonprofit organization with a common vision. Programs are being run by Operation Warm.
How many coats do you have on-hand?
We no longer inventory coats in Alexandria, VA. All coats are warehoused and shipped for us by Operation Warm to requesting organizations. Operation Warm has provided over 2 million coats to children in need since 1998. Please visit OperationWarm.org for more information.
Are your coats good quality?
Yes. They are durable, high-quality, fleece-lined and come in a multitude of colors. We believe that children who do not have a winter coat shouldn’t be asked to wear anything that we wouldn’t want to wear. Operation Warm creates new coats each season to keep up with current styles and trends. You can learn more about Operation Warm coats here.
Do you take used coats, hats, and gloves?
No. We suggest that individuals or groups collecting used coats contact the Salvation Army, Goodwill or your local clothing bank.
Do you pay salaries to anyone who works with Coats for Kids?
Coats For Kids operates without paid staff. Beginning in 2011, the organization is being serviced by Operation Warm d/b/a Coats For Kids Foundation. Operation Warm is a much larger organization with a nationwide presence. It has a small paid staff.
Do board members receive any fee for serving?
No. All board members of Coats For Kids Foundation and Operation Warm are serving in their capacity of board members on a voluntary basis.