Operation Warm – Coats for Kids in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

It is once again that time of year to bring out the heavy jackets. Temperatures are dropping, winter is approaching. Most people don’t think twice about having a winter jacket or two on hand, but for some children that is not the case. Thankfully, Operation Warm is here to help! Over the last 22 years, Operation Warm has provided warmth, confidence, and hope to over 4,000,000 children with the help of more than 1,300 community partners across North America.

Last year, The Causeway Family of Dealerships and six other southern New Jersey philanthropic organizations joined forces with Operation Warm, Better Education for Kids, Inc. and Fulfill to distribute 3,200 new winter coats to children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties through “Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore”.

This year, 2,000 Brand New winter coats will be distributed through Fulfill and the United Way of Ocean and Monmouth County’s Warmest Wishes program. Generous support was provided by four local foundations; Grunin Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, Citta Foundation and the Wintrode Family Foundation (Causeway Family of Dealership) and was matched by the David and Nicole Tepper Foundation.

Below are Fulfill’s scheduled dates and locations for distribution of 1,000 coats. Coats are pre-packaged in sizes 4T – 14/16, L & XL and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. Children must be present in the vehicle to receive a coat.

If you or someone you know has children in need of a warm winter coat please share this information!

Fulfills Events:

Monmouth County

Saturday November 20, 2021 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

3300 Route 66
Neptune NJ 07753

Ocean County

Saturday December 4, 2021 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Calvary Baptist Church
850 Railroad Drive
Little Egg Harbor NJ 08087

The United Way Warmest Wishes coat distribution will be to 34 schools in Ocean and Monmouth Counties’, on December 8, between the hours of 11am-3pm.

About Operation Warm:

Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that manufactures brand-new, high-quality coats and shoes for children in need. We partner with compassionate individuals, community organizations, and corporations across North America to provide emotional warmth, confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope of a brighter future by using the gift as a catalyst for community connection. Over the last 20 years, Operation Warm and their partners have used the coat as a bridge for families in need to access everything from flu shots to new books. To make a lasting impact on the lives of children, visit www.operationwarm.org.

About Fulfill:

Fulfill has served an additional 2.5 million meals to our neighbors in need since the pandemic hit our area. The 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been providing food for families, children, seniors, and veterans in Monmouth and Ocean Counties for more than thirty years. Fulfill has nearly 300 feeding agencies, including pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens. Fulfill also provides additional services to help our neighbors improve their overall situation. Fulfill assists with tax preparation, SNAP (food stamps) benefits, affordable housing, and, before the pandemic, with job training in our culinary program. To donate or volunteer, go to fulfillnj.org.

About The Citta Foundation:

The Citta Foundation has aided nonprofit organizations within Ocean County since 1987. The Citta Foundation strives to improve and strengthen initiatives focused on education, health, human services and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide valuable services within the local communities.

About Grunin Foundation:

The Grunin Foundation is a private family philanthropic foundation with a mission to improve the quality of life for all members of our community by using philanthropy to drive economic excellence at the Central Jersey Shore. They believe that access to the arts, abundant educational opportunities and quality healthcare options helps to create a vibrant and thriving economic ecosystem. They identify organizations to implement projects in the sectors of the arts, education, and healthcare, that are innovative, have a measurable impact and drive economic growth. For more information, visit www.gruninfoundation.org.

About OceanFirst Foundation:

OceanFirst Foundation empowers organizations to think bigger, solve more problems, and make life better in the neighborhoods served by OceanFirst Bank. OceanFirst Foundation’s priorities include Health & Wellness, Housing, Improving the Quality of Life, Youth Development and Education. Since 1996, OceanFirst Foundation has awarded more than 8,000 grants totaling more than $42 million to over 900+ local charities and schools. Learn more at oceanfirstfdn.org.

About United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties:

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties mobilizes donors, volunteers and community partners to improve the lives of youth and their families. The organization works to ensure that every child is successful, every family is financially stable, and every community it serves is stronger. To learn more about United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, please visit uwmoc.org.

About the Wintrode Family Foundation & Causeway Family of Dealerships:

The Causeway Family of Dealerships is owned and operated by the Wintrode Family. We have been serving Ocean County since 1969. Serving the Ocean County non-profit community is the heart of the Causeway Family.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at any of these events, please contact:

3300 Route 66
Neptune, NJ 07753
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
4814 Outlook Dr, Ste 107
Wall Township, NJ 07753

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