Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that the Ohio Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is partnering with Operation Warm and other community organizations to distribute brand-new shoes and coats to underserved children living in Ohio.  

Ohio first lady Fran DeWine has worked with Operation Warm to distribute coats in the past. She appreciates their continued efforts that help countless children across the state. 

“Working together, this wonderful partnership helps Ohioans take care of Ohioans in their communities,” said Ohio first lady Fran DeWine. “It’s great to see that not only do these new shoes and coats keep children warm, but also they can deliver self-confidence and a smile.”

In 2020, Operation Warm and OFBCI provided 7,158 coats and 5,004 pairs of shoes to children through 66 organizations located in 38 different counties located throughout Ohio. 

"We are excited to once again partner with the Governor's Office for this program. Thanks to our combined efforts, we have been able to provide brand-new coats and shoes to more than 50,000 children around the state," Executive Director of Operation Warm, Grace Sica, said.

If you would like to join first lady DeWine and the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in supporting Ohio children in need this winter, please visit https://www.operationwarm.org/ohiogovernor.html.

About Operation Warm: Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that provides warmth, confidence and hope through basic need programs that connect underserved children to community resources they need to thrive.  Over the last 22 years, Operation Warm and our partners have used brand-new coats and shoes as a bridge for families needing to access everything from flu shots to new books.

To make a lasting impact on the lives of children, visit www.operationwarm.org.