Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore Delivers New Coats to Local Kids

December 17, 2020

As temperatures dropped, seven southern New Jersey funders including OceanFirst Foundation, rose to the occasion to provide 3,200 FREE warm winter coats to kids. Called “Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore”, the coat distribution was done in partnership with Fulfill, Better Education for Kids, Inc., and Operation Warm.

“There is no better way to harness the power of philanthropy in South Jersey than working with our friends in the region’s philanthropic community on this tremendous effort. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these coats brought more than just warmth to South Jersey’s littlest neighbors, they brought comforting feelings of security and hope during these uncertain times,” said Andy Fraizer, Executive Director at the Community Foundation of South Jersey.

On two picture-perfect November days, hundreds of families attended drive-thru events at Fulfill and the Church of Grace Peace. Children received brand-new  jackets to provide warmth, confidence, and hope and Fulfill provided families with a meal kit including cookies and hot chocolate.

“Our food bank feeds 70,000 children at the Jersey Shore. We are grateful to be part of this partnership that now allows us to give those kids warmth this winter, in addition to full bellies. Being warm and full helps children maintain good health while providing comfort, safety, and overall well-being,” said New Jersey’s former Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, the CEO and President of Fulfill.

Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore’s funding partners included The Citta Foundation; Community Foundation of South Jersey; Grunin FoundationPascale Sykes Foundation; United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties; the Wintrode Family Foundation & Causeway Family of Dealerships; and OceanFirst Foundation. 100% match funding was provided by Better Education for Kids, Inc. and the coats were provided by Operation Warm. Operation Warm is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing warmth, confidence and hope for children in need through the gift of brand-new coats.


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