WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The Waterloo Rotary Club announces they have provided 1,000 winter coats to children in need in the Waterloo Community School District through their 2018 “Operation Warm” program.
Local Rotarians provide monetary donations and volunteer hours each year to help continue on the program, founded by Rotarian Steve Thorpe and his wife, Liz, many years ago. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is a partner in the program.
The mission is simple. Provide confidence, warmth and hope to children in need.
“Providing a new coat is really more than just giving a child a piece of clothing,” said Waterloo Rotary President, Katelyn Tungland. “It tells them someone cares for them and wants them to succeed and to get to school year-round, even on the coldest days.”
This year, the coats were distributed at Cunningham, Irving, Highland and Lowell Elementary schools in Waterloo. An anonymous donor gifted coats at two Parochial schools. More information on “Operation Warm” can be found on the Waterloo Rotary Club’s website.