Operation Warm: Providing Coats to Children

Madison Rotarians were invited by the James Clemens High School (JCHS) Jets Theatre to partner in a service project to provide coats for children

The project, Operation Warm, was originated by a Dick Sanford in Pennsylvania in 1998 with the help of his Rotary Club.  Today over 230 Clubs and 50 districts partner with Operation Warm to provide coats to children in need.

JCHS Theatre teacher, Mrs. Amy Patel, learned of  Operation Warm while attending the Rotary International Conference in Atlanta in 2017 with her husband, Madison Rotarian Sandy Patel.  Each year she assigns a service project to the main theatre production, and this year she and her students elected to raise funds to provide coats for children.  The Jets Theatre will be performing Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat for the spring musical in 2018.

Madison Rotarians have set our initial goal of $600 in order to provide 30 coats to young children in need before Thanksgiving this year.  We are over half-way, having raised $340 at our soccer kick booth during the Madison Street Festival earlier this month.  The Rotary Interact Clubs from JCHS and Bob Jones High School also participated in this event and will help us raise the remaining $260 of our initial goal.

Pictured above are Rotary President Marc Jacobson; Denise Jacobson; Rotarians Paula Cushman, Toni Johnson, and Shannon Lott; and Amy Patel.

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