Operation Warm Visits Warner Elementary.
The lunch room at Warner Elementary served a different purpose on November 29, 2018. This morning it would be the central location for school, community partners and over 50 volunteers to prepare a special gift for students. Operation Warm collaborated with Harvey Hanna & Associates and its in-house charitable arm The Delaware KIDS Fund to ensure that every student would receive a brand new warm coat.
As each class arrived at the lunchroom, students were individually greeted and paired with a volunteer from one of the community partners on hand. The partners would then help students locate their proper size and ensure that the coat fit properly. Afterwards, students would have their name written in the in-seam and then sign a large thank you cards and banners to commemorate the day. Signing their names in each coat was especially significant to helping students understand that this coat would be for them.
Site Coordinator Sherika Myatt communicated with Operation Warm project coordinator Danielle Skinner to bring everyone to Warner Elementary. Operation Warm works directly with manufacturers to create its own line of quality coats. Operation Warm is far more than a coat drive. Each coat donated represents love and compassion. “At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about what you've done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It about what you've given back," said Myatt while citing her favorite quote to describe today’s events.
Over the last 20 years, Harvey Hanna & Associates has shown its commitment to Delaware by donating over $1 million to local community organizations. While 400 coats alone were donated to Warner Elementary this year, Hanna donated 1800 in total to 4 local elementary schools, including Baltz, Richey and Pulaski.
“This project is not about me or volunteering, it is about a connection with the students and the ability to give the being present in the moment of Joy,” stated Stockton University professor and volunteer Mary Lou Galantino.